Be Aware

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. I don't know the source of this message, but I know that it is important.  We must be constantly aware of how we are … Continue reading Be Aware

Be Still and Know

One of my favorite messages from the Bible is Psalm 46:10 "Be Still and Know that I am God." In the past, I had a problem with the last part of this. The "God" part. This is because religion, especially fear mongering fundamentalist Christianity, which has created an image of a God that will throw … Continue reading Be Still and Know

Water

One of the many pleasures of being a father is attending morning Mass with by boys at their school.  Each one has Mass on a different day, so I have a chance to have special time with each of them individually.  I am grateful that I have a schedule that allows me to do this … Continue reading Water

Do Something

We are now in the season of Lent.  I have always been told that you must give something up during these 40 days.  I always hated this because, much like New Year's resolutions, it just set me up for failure.  Since I converted to Catholicism, there are now more Lenten obligations to which I am … Continue reading Do Something

My Moral Compass

We all have a moral compass within us that tells us the way we are supposed to live our lives.  Sometimes, it is hard to read and we unintentionally go off course.  Sometimes, it is easy to read and we knowingly take the wrong path. I have ignored my moral compass more times than I … Continue reading My Moral Compass

Don’t Just “Get Over It”

I find it frustrating when I hear or see the phrase “Get over it.”  Not that it is necessarily bad advice in some situations such as moving on from past mistakes.  However, most of the time, this phrase is used in a dismissive manner. “Life isn’t fair, get over it.”  Really?  We just need to … Continue reading Don’t Just “Get Over It”

Stay Present

My spiritual journey involves improving my conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation.  My prayer and meditation practices are constantly evolving.  Even though I am not perfect or consistent with my practices, I have found that both are changing me for the better. Prayer My former prayer life usually involved me imposing my will … Continue reading Stay Present