J. Marshall Jenkins

Author, Therapist, Spiritual Director

Holy Embarrassment in the Basilica: Epiphany from a Pigeon

Amid all the amazing artwork, architecture, and music in the basilica, my epiphany came from a surprise visitor.

Humble Gratitude

How humility deepens gratitude and boosts hope in hard times.

Discovering Grace With My Father

How my father eventually became the kind of witness we need.

Henri Nouwen: Witness to Heaven on Earth

How a near death experience clarified one man’s life on earth.

The Prodigal Next Door

The prodigal is your neighbor…or possibly yourself.

How Christmas Answers Our Perpetual Dissatisfaction

“Tis human to be dissatisfied. Christmas delivers the surprising solution to the perpetual problem.

Radical Gratitude: How the First Beatitude Changed Me

How Jesus’ first blessing proves the first step into joy.

For My Father, C. Rees Jenkins, Jr.,1926-2016

My father, C. Rees Jenkins, Jr., died in his sleep on Saturday morning, September 19. Here’s a tribute shared once when we celebrated his birth, now updated as he crosses over to the other side of the grave.

My Most Prized Possession

  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). In my darkest hour, I claimed the treasure that bathes my life in Light. This prized possession brings me happiness greater than I knew possible. Like you, I spent my younger years collecting treasures. Some were given to me, others […]

Diamond at the Heart of Poverty

On one hand, nobody needs poverty. On the other, everybody does.