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When You Get What You Want
The phrase, which became the title of this inspirational
piece, came to me during a recent conversation.   The person with whom I was conversing periodically was talking about
wishing for this or for that.   As I
listened to her, I realized that wishing for...
The phrase, which became the title of this inspirational piece, came to me during a recent conversation.  The person with whom I was conversing periodically was talking about wishing for this or for that.  As I listened to he...
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Appreciation: a Matter of Perspective
I stopped by one of my favorite places to get something to
eat.   It was supposed to be a quick in
and out, so that I could head home to do some work.   Sometimes I will go there for a little social
time.   The people who hang out there are
so very differen...
I stopped by one of my favorite places to get something to eat.  It was supposed to be a quick in and out, so that I could head home to do some work.  Sometimes I will go there for a little social time.  The people who hang o...
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Having a Purpose is Good News
As I began to study religion in college, I began to acquire
information and knowledge that helped me to think about my own religious
heritage.   Acquiring some knowledge also
helped me to think about life.   In the
days when I was growing up on an Indiana f...
As I began to study religion in college, I began to acquire information and knowledge that helped me to think about my own religious heritage.  Acquiring some knowledge also helped me to think about life.  In the days when I ...
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A Place for the Lord
A regular reader of this inspirational reflection series
knows that one of my spiritual disciplines is to spend a little daily time with
the lectionary.   A lectionary simply is a
group of readings.   Lectio in Latin means to “read.”   The lectionary I foll...
A regular reader of this inspirational reflection series knows that one of my spiritual disciplines is to spend a little daily time with the lectionary.  A lectionary simply is a group of readings.  Lectio in Latin means to “...
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Ten-Speed Bike
While reading for an upcoming speech I have to give, I
ran across a great quotation and some helpful reflection.   Although it was not inherently a spiritual
message, it struck me that implicitly it was spiritual.   The one-liner comes from the well-known
P...
While reading for an upcoming speech I have to give, I ran across a great quotation and some helpful reflection.  Although it was not inherently a spiritual message, it struck me that implicitly it was spiritual.  The one-lin...
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Unceasing Prayer
People in the major religious traditions of the world,
with the possible exception of Buddhism, believe in and practice some form of
prayer.  Christians pray to
God---classically understood as God the Father. 
In my own devotional life, I am just as content...
People in the major religious traditions of the world, with the possible exception of Buddhism, believe in and practice some form of prayer.  Christians pray to God---classically understood as God the Father.  In my own devot...
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The Scandal of Grace
I have a book
that contains quite a number of short pieces. 
Some of them are articles in various periodicals---journals that might
be religious in nature or some more popular magazines.  I occasionally read another piece.  Some of the authors I know and ve...
I have a book that contains quite a number of short pieces.  Some of them are articles in various periodicals---journals that might be religious in nature or some more popular magazines.  I occasionally read another piece.  S...
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Original Self
In the
process of writing for another project, I had the occasion to return to one of
my favorite authors, Thomas Moore.   I
recalled he had commented on some ideas that I was trying to develop in my
project.   In brief I am thinking about the
issue of iden...
In the process of writing for another project, I had the occasion to return to one of my favorite authors, Thomas Moore.  I recalled he had commented on some ideas that I was trying to develop in my project.  In brief I am th...
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Feeling Good as God’s Kid
May this day be one
which makes you feel good about yourself and your life.   All of us know there are enough things going
on to make us, at times, feel lousy.   Personally, we can be sick or in emotional pain.   There are a thousand ways people get down on...
May this day be one which makes you feel good about yourself and your life.  All of us know there are enough things going on to make us, at times, feel lousy.  Personally, we can be sick or in emotional pain.  There are a tho...
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The Fullness of Life
There are many ways people would describe the point of their
lives.   For many the list would entail
their own kids and, maybe, grandkids.   Work is the source of meaning for many people.   It might be their churches, synagogues or mosques.   I am sure I ca...
There are many ways people would describe the point of their lives.  For many the list would entail their own kids and, maybe, grandkids.  Work is the source of meaning for many people.  It might be their churches, synagogues...
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A Drop of Water
I have no idea where the image came from; I have never
thought about this before this time.   Suddenly there popped into my head the curious question, what if I were
a drop of water?   It was not raining
outside.   I was nowhere near running
water.   Perhap...
I have no idea where the image came from; I have never thought about this before this time.  Suddenly there popped into my head the curious question, what if I were a drop of water?  It was not raining outside.  I was nowhere...
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Thirsty Soul
Last night I
turned to the last prayers of the day, which are focused around a couple
readings from the Psalms and a Biblical passage.   The night prayer in the monastery is called
Compline.   When I visit a monastery, I
think it may be my favorite part of ...
Last night I turned to the last prayers of the day, which are focused around a couple readings from the Psalms and a Biblical passage.  The night prayer in the monastery is called Compline.  When I visit a monastery, I think ...
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Baldwin Wallace University Professor of Religion and Chair in Faith & Life, Center for Innovation & Growth. Author, retreat leader and public speaker.

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