A Common Motivation

George Elliot once said “Selfish, a judgement readily passed by those who have never tested their power of sacrifice.” That’s so true. Most of the times of selfishness in my own life flow from those moments when I was afraid that I’d disappear if I truly gave of myself. Of course, those are also the times when I felt most alone. And then there were times when I selfishly praised myself for…

Meant To Make You Jealous!

Are you the jealous type? I guess with me, it all depends. I am jealous of my time. I am jealous of my schedule. But other than that, I can’t say I really struggle with jealousy. Oh wait, if I’m honest, I do have to admit I do get jealous when someone is being recognized for their work and they forget to mention me! That’s so embarrassing to admit. But I do…

Where Are Your Choices Taking You?

Jack Canfield (he’s the guy who wrote “Chicken Soup for the Soul”) once said “Clarify your purpose. What is the WHY behind everything you do? When we know this in life or design it is very empowering and the path is clear.” But what about the motives of others that aren’t so clear? The truth is so many people out there are more than willing to tell you how you should live.…

True Greatness and True Fame

I love what I read recently about being famous: “Being famous on Instagram or Facebook is like being rich in the game Monopoly.” That is so true. But we have a shallow culture today that seems to be addicted to being famous or “great” in the eyes of the people we want to think well of us. Our young people go through that period of maturity where being popular and belonging to…

Time to Wake UP To Your Eternal Reality

Listen to what St. Theophan the Recluse says in his brilliant “Unseen Warfare”: “Refuse to listen to the devil when he whispers to you: give me now, and you will give tomorrow to God. No, no! Spend all the hours of your life in a way pleasing to God; keep in your mind the thought that after the present hour you will not be given another and that you will have to render…

You ARE What You Eat!

“You are what you eat.” So goes the saying that has at times served as a means to get people to have better diets, and a way for philosophers to reduce the human person to merely a thinking animal, and even to theologians trying to have folks consider the profound teaches of the Eucharist. For the vast amount of history, before the modern industrial revolution, the search for food and “daily bread”…

The Beatitudes

“Attitude determines Altitude!” Yes, I know this is a trite, self-help phrase, but it also happens to be true. The person who finds a way to find the positive and the helpful in any situation will always have a life oriented toward joy. And that person who seems to find the dark cloud in every silver lining will always be the one who’s attitude is weighed down with despondency. Of course, the…

“New” Doesn’t Always Mean “Better”

The packaging is more colorful, the content is said to be far and away so much better than the old product, and millions of dollars in advertising will be spent to convince you that this “new and improved” product is an absolute “must have” if you are going to have any happiness in your life! And yet, “New Coke” was a colossal failure. My home town is Atlanta and the Coca-Cola company…

Gratitude Enables Attentiveness

My daughter sits in front with me in the car many times as I drive. And she is old enough now to notice that daddy sometimes has a challenge with patience with other drivers! She’s learned my “triggers.” Well, yesterday, she looked over at me when a person in front of us didn’t move when the light turned green and she said: “that person isn’t paying attention, is she, daddy?” It’s tough…

Hard Words to Hear

I was in my first round of theology school when I came across the phrase for the first time: “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.” As I read the article that was meant to explain the difficult passages in the Gospel where Jesus said things like “Unless you love me more than your family, you can’t be my disciple” or “It is better to cut off your hand or pluck out your eye…