Memory Eternal!

The ancients kept the stories of their past alive through storytelling and through communal memory. It was just expected that a young person would memorize the tales of the tribe so that he could pass on this communal memory to the next generation. Now don’t laugh, but when I think of this, I think of the perfect illustration of this fundamental idea of human self-knowledge from a movie! The movie is “Enemy…

Happy Birthday, Mom!

I suppose the whole world couldn’t contain the poems, stories, and memories we children collect about our mothers. I know I owe much of my good qualities to the brave lady who raised me and my little brother. And the one quality I always remember is that, no matter what was going on in my life, I could always, and I mean always, count on my mom. The bond between mother and…

Eternal Healing IS Best!

Have you ever thought about all those people Jesus healed during His ministry here on earth? They were so happy, grateful, and changed. In some cases (the illness of leprosy) they were now free to rejoin society, be reunited with their families, and finally get their life back. They went on to live their lives. Some became great saints of the Church. And every one of them eventually died. Hey, why do…

“Do Not Fear, Only Believe!”

It’s easy to say “That’s impossible” or “It’ll never work” or “That goal or dream is just unrealistic.” It’s easy to say those things. Why do you think we dreamers hear them so often? I never will forget when I started talking about doing the video teaching tool “A Journey to Fullness.” There were plenty of folks who said “Great idea, father. We’re with you!” That is until I also told them…

Your Desires: Your Master or Your Servant?

When I was a boy of 7 years old, I had my tonsils removed. Up until that time, I was a bit of a sickly kid and skinny as a rail! What I remember most about having my tonsils removed was all the ice cream I could eat after surgery! What a treat! But, interestingly enough, that also marked my life-long struggle with my weight! Isn’t it fascinating how weakness can be…

Why Are You Afraid?

My girls are a hoot! But sometimes I have to remember that they are still very young. You see, children can be afraid of the dark, and my girls are going through that phase now. And that means little feet crawling into the bed with Daddy because he makes them feel safe! Sometimes, it’s aggravating, but only when I forget to remember that I am also afraid at times. Oh, it doesn’t…

Eatin’ That Rainbow Stew! (Happy New Year!)

In the early 80’s Merle Haggard came out with a great country song about “Rainbow Stew.” The song celebrated a time when everything in the world would be right and then, well, I’ll let some of the lyrics enlighten you. This is verse three: You don’t have to get high to get happy Just think about what’s in store When people start doing what they ought to be doing And they won’t…

Tell Her to Help Me!

You’ve met those folks, they just “go along to get along” as my mawmaw would say. They take on the opinions of those around them and whatever the crowd does, they do. I guess that’s fine if you’re in a good crowd, but if not, well… The truth is many times in life we are so averse to conflict that we will say “yes” when we should be saying “no.” But that…

Listen!

“Um, sorry, what did you say?” That’s the response I get many times when I’m talking to my younger brother. His hearing took a beating years ago when he was working at a car body repair shop. The steady noise combined with his serious work ethic to damage his hearing, so now, I have to repeat myself a few times sometimes when there is a lot of ambient noise around us. And…

The Delusion of Illusion

As kids we would tease each other constantly. Now I know you never did this, because you were a nice and respectful child, but, well, we were rascals at times! I remember the one taunt that always got me was “I know you are, but what am I?” Some kid would call me a meanie and I’d say to him “I know you are, but what am I?” Then, of course, I’d…