Swimming at Martello Tower Seapoint

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” -Saint Augustine Swimming long distance at Seapoint is a greatContinue reading “Swimming at Martello Tower Seapoint”

Wisdom in post-quarantine times!

“Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.”(Proverbs 3:15) God appeared to Solomon and gave him the opportunity to ask for anything he desired. What did Solomon desire more than anything else? WISDOM He chose wisdom over gold, oil, a NYTimes Bestseller, women, power, popularity, or long life. Why? BecauseContinue reading “Wisdom in post-quarantine times!”

Compassion – what is it and have you got it ?

The dictionary defines compassion as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. Henri Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. He said that Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter intoContinue reading “Compassion – what is it and have you got it ?”

The shaming and torture of women in Ireland goes before the UN

This week a delegation of 21 Irish officials were part of a public hearing by the UN Committee on Torture which is reviewing the Irish State’s human rights record on Magdalene Laundries and Mother-and- baby Homes, and other aspects of Ireland’s social history. The Irish State has said there was no serious harm done toContinue reading “The shaming and torture of women in Ireland goes before the UN”

High ways of honor for veterans in Oregon

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” Jose Narosky. A road trip to Portland revealed that Oregon is a great state for honoring veterans. I don’t think I saw an unmarked road or highway NOT dedicated or designated to veterans. U.S. Highway 395 is designated as a World War 1 Veterans Memorial Highway. Highway 5Continue reading “High ways of honor for veterans in Oregon”

Cathedral thinking in a California redwood

Walking through a redwood forest along the coast of northern California or Oregon is an unforgettable experience. A great grace finds me. The same reverential awe stirs within whenever I step into a great medieval Cathedral in England or northern France. Spiritual values and history lessons are obtainable from both environments. Before I took theContinue reading “Cathedral thinking in a California redwood”

My year of Jubilee

The Church is sometimes not easy to love. Ego, pride, control, competition can run rampant. My motivation for Church life and structure has taken a beaten this season. I still enjoy a good bible study. I explored a new Church this week-end Jesus Culture in Folsom High School. I needed fresh inspiration. It was myContinue reading “My year of Jubilee”