Tag Archives: value people

I wish I could hate them.

I wish I could hate them. In ways, it would be so much easier. Their violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, xenophobia, greed, exploitation of the poor, the anything-to-win-politics and indiscriminate, consumption of the planet and each other.  I hate the scapegoating, half-truths, spins ... all the bullshit.  I hate the value of winning at all…
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Navigating the Christmas Rush

Christmas day is fast approaching and many people are in a full-on lather of activity; shopping for gifts for our friends and family, attending Christmas social events, Church events, and Children's Christmas activities and concerts.  Not to mention scrambling to get things tied-up at work before the Christmas break! This is just par for the…
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Loving our Lepers

There is an old story about St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Catholic order known as the Franciscans. The story goes that Francis was revolted by people with leprosy. As you may be aware, leprosy is a horrible and disfiguring disease.  While leprosy is curable today, people did suffer terribly and from…
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Love is… Indiscriminate

Consider a rose.  Can a rose choose who it will share its breath-taking beauty with?  CanIf you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa it withhold its captivating fragrance from bad people and share liberally with good people?  The sun shines, and the rain falls on the saints and the…
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Who Mourns the Sparrow?

Who will mourn the Sparrow? After all, what's a sparrows life worth? How could we measure? Two for a penny? Four on sale? With no fanfare, no prayers, no eulogy No acknowledgement they ever lived Two for a penny? Four on sale? Surely it doesn't escape its creators gaze Assuredly ascending in Her tender care…
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Healing through Love

"Hurt people, hurt people."  Have you ever heard this saying? We all can recall a time when we have been on the receiving end of a hurting person, and truth be told, there are probably a few occasions where we have been the person doing the hurting.  When we don't deal with our hurt and…
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Another Possible Temptation of Jesus

The temptation in the desert is a favorite story from the life of Jesus. There are some excellent insights into what it is to be human, and the temptations that we all face in one way or another, in our effort to get life apart from the source of life himself. The story starts as John has just…
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Freedom: Making Freer Choices

"If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you." - Jesus Who the Son sets free is free indeed!  I so love this scripture from John 8.  Christian freedom has been long explored,…
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Peacemakers vs Peacekeeping: Dealing with Conflict

Do you cringe at the thought of conflict? Do you often go to great lengths to avoid conflict at all costs? Do you tend to appease when you probably should confront? You may be a peacekeeper. There is a difference between the peacemaker and the peacekeeper. Peacekeepers will go to great lengths to avoid or…
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It Cuts Both Ways

"So, how did you find yourself living in Arizona?" I asked the twenty-something year old during a recent visit to the United States.   She took a deep breath and told me that she and her family are Muslim and lived in Bosnia during the war which saw the country torn apart by terrible conflict…
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