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What Are You Tending?

Happy May Day!  The picture above and the guest post below are from Spirit Daily, a website I visit often.  Given my recent posts about my own garden, I thought the post does a great job of taking garden imagery and adapting it for spiritual insights. I hope you’ll think the same.

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Just Another Sunrise?


Sorry for the long delay between postings.  I’ve had so much going on that life just got in the way.

With so much going on, including the death of my mom last month, I realized I needed to take a pause, to catch my breath, and to refocus.  So, in the spirit of St. Ignatius, I made a retreat.

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Let’s Have A Great Week

sunrise newI hope you had a great weekend.  I know I did.

Actually, the whole week was pretty good for me.  I got a lot accomplished, including some much-needed exercise.  I also had the chance to catch up on some reading, met with several folks, and lastly I got some good prayer time in.  The weekend ended on Sunday night with probably the best session my men’s group has had since we started almost two years ago.

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The Small Stuff


I had the chance to visit the Getty Museum today and it was a wonderful, albeit short visit.

Before we checked out an exhibit on the art of Florence at the dawn of the Renaissance, my family and I had a bite to eat at the museum cafe.  As we sat there on the marble patio,  sipping wine and eating our sandwiches, my mom made a comment about it being a quintessential  California day.  She was so right.

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Using Our Gifts


I just got back from a trip to Chicago, and it was cold, cold, cold there.

We’ve had it pretty easy the past few winters, and it appears we aren’t so lucky this year.  Well, in the end I guess it will make us appreciate spring all the more.

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The Ocean In Fall

After Hurricane Sandy, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in Ocean City, Maryland this past Sunday.

Our local news said there was quite a bit of damage, but I didn’t see much, other than beach erosion and some problems at the other end of the boardwalk.  

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What a Week

What a crazy week it’s been.  My heart goes out to the poor folks who have suffered so much due to Hurricane Sandy.  Recovery will take a very long time, and for many, life will forever be marked by this terrible storm.

Although it seems so trivial now, I flew out to California last Thursday to attend a conference on diabetes in San Diego.  Two of my brothers joined me, and the TCOYD (Take Control Of Your Diabetes) was fantastically good.

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Remember to Forgive

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reminded several times about the importance of forgiveness.

Too often we either refuse to forgive someone for a wrong done to us, or we fail to forgive ourselves for our own mistakes.  We might also feel too uncomfortable to admit our faults and seek the forgiveness of someone else.  Maybe even God?

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Ignatian Spirituality Project

Anyone who reads this blog know’s that the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola has been a big influence on my life.

Over three years ago, I took many of the principles and began applying them to my life, especially in the area of health.

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Don’t Give Up

I was talking with a group of college students tonight, and the theme was the power of prayer.

I shared with them a personal experience of years of prayer for a particular intention, but those prayers seemed to go unanswered.  I prayed.  My family prayed.  My friends prayed.  Nothing seemed to happen.  We got discouraged.  Some stopped praying.  I gave up more than once.