The Day After

My God,        You broke open the world for me that first Easter morning. Nothing will ever be the same again. Your Love defies all. You proved that so beautifully when you defeated Death, sent your bevy of angels, and breathed life again into your Son. When the Veil was torn

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The Easter Miracle

The poet T.S. Eliot once said, “Every now and then life drops an unavoidable question at your door and you are called to answer it.” As we begin the holy walk toward Easter 2016, I wonder if we could take a moment away from dying Easter eggs every hue of the

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Crazy Blessed

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments,

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The True Will of God

Recently, I met a lovely woman (she was actually the technician doing my ultrasound) who surprised me when she said she would love to have a child, but it was not God's will. I experienced a soul-chilling shudder travel down my spine. It reminded me of sitting in the pediatric

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The Divine Courtship

I have come to realize that they’ll never be enough lifetimes here on earth to discover and experience all that God is, but what an adventure trying. I cannot boast my spiritual path resembles that of the mystic, the saint, or inspired prophet. But on my best days, it is sincere. You

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No Mud No Lotus

This Fall I attended the U.S. premiere of Thich Nhat Hanh's calligraphy exhibit in New York City. There were over 80 original works of art by the beloved Buddhist monk. I would learn that they were a result of his private meditative practice. Thich Nhat Hanh prepares a cup of

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I’m a Riser

For Paris-The City of Light I'm a riser I'm a get off of the ground, don't run and hider Pushin' comes to shove Hey I'm a fighter When darkness comes to town, I'm a lighter A get out aliver, of the fire A Survivor.   -Dirks Bentley On the dark ashen night of September 11th, 2001 in New York

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It’s the Quality of Love that Counts

Over the last year, my mother and my son Charlie embarked on quite an exciting adventure researching our family history. As it turns out, the family tree is laden with intrigue, scandal, royal liaisons, great betrayals, many a love tryst and triangle, an unfortunate decapitation or two, children banished to

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Follow your Bliss!

"Follow your bliss." -Joseph Campbell "Put your derriere where your hearts wants to be." -Steven Pressfield "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don't bring forth what is within you, what you don't bring forth will destroy you."-Gospel of Thomas Gioachino Rossini is

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Not Another PB&J

The lunch bell rings at noon everyday on the construction site. Hammer and nails are exchanged for lunch pales and thermoses. "Not another Peanut butter and jelly sandwich," the foreman complains as he opens the wax paper folded neatly around his sandwich. "I hate peanut butter and jelly." He bemoans to

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