Laughter: God’s Secret Medicine

I’m sure you’ve heard the same studies I have concerning the health benefits of laughter. It’s really quite extraordinary. Everything from our psychological state to cardiovascular health is improved—even greatly improved—by what early studies show to be just a few moments of...

Charity

Charity is a word that, to some extent, has taken on negative connotation lately. To some, a charity is an organization whose mission is making money. A “charity case” is some poor soul we stoop down to assist—perhaps with a sense of superiority or pity. Then again, we might be on the receiving...

Change

Does the word change conjure up anything in you? Each of us approaches change differently. I may love change, relish in it, embrace it, and look for opportunities to engage it. I may hate change, fear it, stress over it, and work against it. Our attitude and perspective on change may vary, based on each...

Accept and Surrender

How’s your Lenten journey? My own Lenten journey has been one of surprising insight. Evolving from my last column, I’m being led down a path of recognizing weakness and failure toward acceptance. Simply put, in this life I will never achieve perfection. Maybe I’m slow to learn, but for...

Lenten Soup

At a parish my family and I once belonged to, there was a tradition during Lent on Friday evenings called “Soup and Salad.” The basic gist of it was that the parish would provide a salad; participants would bring in a can or two of the soup of their choice. As individuals and families arrived,...

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