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Mary’s Son

Mary’s Son

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). Mary remembered old, wizened Simeon with hair coming out of every pore, bone-bent, hunched, and creeping toward Joseph and Mary's son like a spider.  With childlike delight in his crinkled eyes, he...

Mourner, Reclaim Christmas

Mourner, Reclaim Christmas

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). Healing processes are not pretty until the end.  For example, a cut on the hand takes you through pain, bleeding, scabbing, and scarring before it clears up.  Grief, too, goes through awkward or...

Agape Love: When Others Fail To Give Back

Agape Love: When Others Fail To Give Back

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10). In my work as a psychotherapist, I hear a steady refrain or bass line in a minor key: "I give, someone else takes, and I receive less in return." Some...

As a psychotherapist and spiritual director, I bring well-honed insight and skill to these posts; yet, my vulnerability plays a more important part, for more than advice from experts, serious people of faith need resonance with fellow travelers.

In my writing and in your reading and comments, may we face our challenges in God’s compassionate presence rather than in a private dressing room where we try in vain to make ourselves presentable to God at an appointed meeting. God meets us where we are.

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