Challenges of Aging in the Church

Growing old in the church is personal. At 73 years of age it is a reality. It is certainly not a new subject but major changes in our society, both demographically and culturally are generating new and serious challenges. Churches are not immune to societal changes and, in my opinion, are even less prepared than […]

Seeing death from a different place.

We strive toward intimacy in anticipation of loss. If my father, now 88, were destined to live forever, and if I were destined to live forever, too, then our affection would be stripped of its poignancy and urgency. If my children were destined to stay indefinitely 6 and 8 years old, I wouldn’t cling to […]

Pew Note 2-9-16

It’s our choice, whether to hate something in our lives or to love every moment of them, even the parts that bring us pain. “At every moment, we are volunteers.”

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Pew Note 2-7-16

To be afraid of change is to be afraid of growing up. Change and growth are finally the same thing. Unfortunately, the church has trained many people in not growing up.

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Pew Note 2-6-16

Describing this phenomenon he calls the globalization of indifference, Francis writes that “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do […]

Food for Thought

My age and circumstances (in Florida for two months) are fertile ground for more than usual opportunity to think about a variety of subjects. Despite the ubiquitous din of political rhetoric and inane commentary, two subjects have arisen which continue to stimulate and intrigue me.

 

The first subject is about the spirituality of aged […]

Pew Note 2-1-16

Perhaps the answer to the question, “How do I know what God’s Will is,” is simpler than we think: The closer I am to God, the more evident His Will becomes and the readier I am to obey it. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. His Will and Voice are […]

Pew Note 1-29-16

A saint always knows that there is more than enough for our need but never enough for our greed.

Richard Rohr

Pew Note 1-28-16

Unfortunately, it’s much easier to organize people around fear and hatred than around love. Most people who want to hold onto power view God as vindictive and punitive. Powerful people actually prefer this worldview, because it validates their use of intimidation.

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Pew Note 1-26-16

So as the dust settles from the […]