Here’s a scene from A Man for All Seasons. It’s the scene where King Henry VIII is trying to coax Thomas More to agree to Henry’s divorce of his wife, Katherine of Aragon. They are in the garden as Henry is speaking: “You must consider, Thomas, that I stand in peril of my soul. It…Continue reading Be steadfast in faith for Christ
Joe was very discouraged. His addiction was making him feel terrible about himself. Only recently had he been even willing to acknowledge that it was an addiction! But, in his attempt to be totally honest with himself he had to admit that things had gotten to that point. He was determined to stop, but ended…Continue reading It’s never too late to return to God.
I’d like to share with you an old story. It’s about a young rabbi who was frustrated that the people of the synagogue didn’t recognize his gift of wisdom. He was a bitter and resentful man because of this. One day an old and revered rabbi was invited to the synagogue. He was recognized as…Continue reading It’s Up To You
I apply for a job and get turned down. Someone else got it because the way things work there is that it is an “old boy’s club”, or I just wasn’t the right gender. I do not feel very loving toward those who have been unfair to me. I’ve married for ten years now and…Continue reading Jesus’ Definition of Love
Ben was a football coach in the local junior high school. He was always able to put successful teams together. On one particular occasion, his team was playing a game that he really needed to win. But in the second quarter his best player got hurt. The boy still wanted to play—-he said he was…Continue reading Willing to Service Others
Robert was a young man who liked to be complimented. And although he would never admit it, he would be inwardly disappointed if he didn’t receive some type of affirmation. He didn’t realize how much he depended on this. Part of the reason for it was because he was a perfectionist, and because he wanted…Continue reading Rely on Christ
Mark was an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. He and his wife, Susan, had been EM’s for several years. But Susan hadn’t exercised her ministry for a long time. She’d been suffering from medical problems for more years than she cared to remember—-one thing after another. What was really difficult for Susan was that she…Continue reading What does God want us to do?
This story I am about to tell you took place during the second war in Iraq. The U.S. soldiers who were involved in this conflict were under great strain. They had to be careful of land mines along the roads, snipers, and all kinds of set ups and traps. There was one particular group of…Continue reading Christ Died For Us
Frank had a problem, and it was something that he’d been dealing with all his life. What was this problem? Frank would always fall into the wrong way of thinking—the wrong way of looking at a situation; getting lost in himself and allowing fear and frustration to overwhelm him. It effected his relationship with his…Continue reading Take up the Cross
I would like to share with you a journal entry written by a young woman: “They can harass us, they can rob us of our material goods, of our freedom of movement. But we ourselves forfeit our greatest assets by our misguided compliance; by our feelings of being persecuted, humiliated, oppressed; by our own hatred….Continue reading Possess Real Peace
A guy in his late thirties went to visit his grandmother who was in an assisted living facility. The grandmother was in her nineties but still pretty “with it”. During the visit Mitch couldn’t help but start talking about the divorce that he was going through. It was already starting to get very messy. His…Continue reading God will come through for you
Meredith was a person who liked to plan. And these plans would cover every aspect of her life, from her job, to her home, to social events on the weekend. And if her plans were changed, she would not handle it well. Meredith was also very hard on herself. She would blame herself for wrong…Continue reading Accept our Weaknesses