The Art of Listening

Feb 21 The Art of Listening

  “Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.” ~The Rule of Saint Benedict   I am guilty.  This morning at Mass, like every morning at Mass, I caught myself drifting off during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  After a lifetime of practice, I’ve learned the cues and responses.  I’ve learned them so...

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Fatherhood: In it to win it

Jan 25 Fatherhood: In it to win it

I was listening to Houston talk radio personality, Michael Berry, the other day, and he said something which really struck me.  While I didn’t hear the question posed by the caller, I did listen to hear Berry’s response.  Berry explained how his career change from from attorney to real estate agent caused him a great deal of embarrassment.  In his mind, morphing from the glamorous...

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The Humility of Guardian Angels

Oct 26 The Humility of Guardian Angels

Our post-Christian society doesn’t have much interest in God these days (at least an orthodox One), and arguably even less interest in angels: those beings who, like God, are pure spirit but, like us, are created. Even in modern Christian America, the emphasis seems to be more on the Boss than on His managers (or, more accurately, His messengers). It’s certainly clear that to dismiss...

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5 Benefits to Praying for Your Enemies

Jun 29 5 Benefits to Praying for Your Enemies

Everyone has enemies.  Batman has the Joker.  Superman has Lex Luther.  The Star Wars series has George Lucas.  My favorite example though of the relationship between enemies is that of Frodo and Gollum.  Throughout the LOTR trilogy, Frodo and Gollum have several meetings, and even travel together for a time.  Gollum’s duplicitous motives caused him to attempt and commit harm against...

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Mao Tse Tung and Mother Teresa: a lesson in charity

Jun 27 Mao Tse Tung and Mother Teresa: a lesson in charity

“When once a chairman of a multinational company came to see me, to offer me a property in Bombay, he first asked: ‘Mother, how do you manage your budget?” I asked him who had sent him here. He replied: ‘I felt an urge inside me.’ I said: other people like you come to see me and say the same. It was clear God sent you, Mr. A, as He sends Mr. X, Mrs. Y, Miss Z, and they provide...

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