Archive: March, 2015


Alms Giving: Cleaning the Closets, Part 3, Slow Down!

We live in a time in which we are surrounded by weapons of mass distraction.  Noise and activity fill our lives to the point that we can hardly hear, let alone, listen. Schedules are full to over-flowing and time just flies by so fast that we end up missing so many things.  The world […]


Alms-Giving: Cleaning the Closets, Part 2

Lent has been historically described as a time of prayer, fasting and alms-giving.  The past few weeks I have shared about prayer, but, now that we are into the midst of Lent it is time to look at alms-giving as a spiritual discipline that hopefully would turn into a way of life. Alms giving refers […]


Alms-Giving: Cleaning the Closets, Part 1, The Divine Center

Richard Foster in, “Freedom of Simplicity, (Harper, 1981) has a chapter on living from the Divine Center.  In the chapter, Foster quotes another author (Thomas Kelly, “Testament of Devotion”, in which Kelly writes: We feel honestly the pull of many obligations and try to fulfill them all.  And we are unhappy, uneasy, strained, oppressed, and […]


To The Cross

Praying the Word of God leads one to the foot of the Cross.  Praying the Word leads us to deeply appreciate the Savior’s love in giving Himself on the Cross.  The transformative change takes place in our lives as the Word of God leads us to see how the Spirit shapes and molds us to […]


Recent Items

  • The Loneliness Factor

    I was at a luncheon that was serving as a listening post for seniors to describe their sense of loneliness and isolation. I knew that the population invited to this luncheon was one that would probably have a higher sense of isolation, but, what I heard was much more intense than I expected. A man […]

  • Social Networks and Aging

    It is interesting that research is showing two demographics experiencing social isolation in such as way as to impact health: Young Adults (18-22) and Senior Adults (65+). I have worked with both populations over the past 50 years and I continue to be amazed at the similarity of the questions raised by both groups and […]

  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]


    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]