Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. – Luke 12:3

My grocery store – note the possessive pronoun – is like my own Cheers bar. The employees all know me and welcome me with a smile. They know me: I’m that (more…)

Only God Can Forgive Sin

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.—Matthew 9:6-8

Last week Pope Francis, considered liberal among traditional (more…)

Filtering Your Thoughts

I sat on a bench next to our lake as I prayed this morning and admired the beautiful day, the kind that helps me endure our brutal summers. Water lilies flapped lightly against the water in the cool breeze; ospreys glided overhead. And then I found myself fixing on one ominous pinkish-gray cloud that alternately coalesced and fragmented against the otherwise serene (more…)

What Not to Swear

The heavenly hosts look at the subject and shake their heads. “Okay, let’s go in,” one says to the other.
In a flash, they’re standing before a startled woman who stumbles back in shock. “Do I know you?” she asks.
“I’m Cleo,” one offers.
“And I’m Stephania,” chirps the other.
“And we’re the heavenly hosts of ‘What Not to Swear!’”
“But I don’t understand,” the woman (more…)