Beatitudes Blog

Two Books On Telling For Those Who Mourn

Two Books On Telling For Those Who Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4) Telling and Healing The first Beatitude blesses the poor in spirit who give thanks like beggars for receiving all they need from God (Matthew 5:3). In a sense, it blesses those who face reality...

Sabbath: The Original Celebration of Freedom

Sabbath: The Original Celebration of Freedom

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said,...

A Wakeful Faith: Expecting Christ Every Day

A Wakeful Faith: Expecting Christ Every Day

Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For...

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”: Petition As Contemplation

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”: Petition As Contemplation

"Lord, teach us to pray."He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come....

The Right Use of Freedom

The Right Use of Freedom

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery....For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one...

Realizing Hope: Sermon on Romans 5:1-5

Realizing Hope: Sermon on Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our...

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.

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