I Wonder, Why?

When was the last time you experienced wonderment? If the answer doesn't come immediately to mind, I highly recommend that you create the space and time to reflect on this question. Pause and ask yourself, "When was the last time I experienced wonderment--a state of awed admiration or respect for someone or something?" When you …

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Excusing and Forgiving

If you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven. There are no exceptions to this rule. All must be forgiven—however spiteful, however cruel, however often they are repeated. If we do not forgive, we shall not be forgiven.  That said, forgiving and excusing are two different things.  Forgiveness says, “I forgive you completely, without …

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Nothing is too big to be Forgiven

Forgiveness is defined in many ways, but no matter how you look it, forgiveness brings about a change in your future. From this standpoint, nothing is too big to be forgiven. That which you do not forgive stands as a judgement over you. God does not judge you, you judge yourself by virtue of your …

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The Evil of Banality

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. …

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The Other Way

If you are reading this, it is very likely that you are a human being. Worded slightly differently, you are a Being with human form. The Being part of you is eternal, the human part, temporal. The Being part of you has been described many ways throughout human history. Some have called it an "angel," …

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My Heart is Inditing of a Good Matter

While on my way to dinner this evening I came across an incredible piece of music that was written by Henry Purcell, Keeper of the King's Instruments and Organist of the Chapel Royal, to celebrate the opulent coronation of James II and his Queen, Mary of Modena, in 1685. If you close your eyes and …

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Dealing with Anger

Anger is the mask of vulnerability. If you encounter anger—in a friend, partner, associate, or even in the world at large—don’t be fooled by appearances. Instead of taking offense and assuming the role for which you’ve been cast, seek to fathom what lies beneath. Rather than reacting in automatic or predictable ways, take time to …

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Dignity in Restraint

There is an old saying: “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” It’s a particularly useful meditation, particularly in youth. A friend and I were chatting yesterday about the fact that there is dignity in restraint. Some jump to conclusions while others jump into the sack. You can rush headlong into just about anything—and …

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