How’s Your Lent Going?

We are about a week into the time of year that can be considered a “spring training” for Catholics. Lent is an opportunity for us to imitate Christ by renewing our spiritual discipline prior to the glorious resurrection of our Lord on Easter. The ashes that launch this journey remind us of our own sinfulness…

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Addiction Dehumanizes

We are in the grips of spiritual warfare. While God is our source of life and salvation, the enemy uses some of our God-given desires to pull us away from His sunlight. One of the paramount tools that is used in this fight against good is addiction. Often starting as a brief source of relief…

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Spiritual Wisdom from a Jedi Master

A few weeks ago my wife and I went to see the hit movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film was a joy to watch, and had us interested in revisiting some of the older Star Wars movies, starting with episodes four through six. I should note, I am far from a Star…

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Keeping Serenity Through the Season

I remember my first stretch of Christmas and New Year’s while in recovery quite well. I had about two and a half months free from alcohol and drug use (which seemed miraculous at the time, as it still does today), and I was preparing for what I knew would be a test of the principles…

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Addiction Recovery: Where Do You Begin?

If you are wrestling with the idea that you need help overcoming your addiction—either from drugs, alcoholism, pornography, gambling, an eating disorder, or other psychological dependency—it is likely that this is not a new idea to you. I had enough evidence to be convinced (in moments of clarity) that I was an alcoholic and drug…

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Perception

A few weeks ago I was speaking with the principal of a local high school about rising alcohol and drug issues that his school is experiencing. Upon my second visit with this young man, he took a moment to share with me that his half-brother, at only thirty years old, died of a drug overdose…

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Digging Out of the Spiritual Trough

  I wrote the outline for this post about two weeks ago following a vacation, in a moment when I felt myself diving into a spiritual “trough”, or low point in one’s spiritual life where God’s presence seems to withdraw.  I plotted out the following points, mostly as a reminder to myself about the tools…

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Broken: But Not Beyond Repair

On my way to church yesterday morning I was stopped at a red light where a young man, about my age, was crossing with his Bible in hand.  It seemed to me that he was heading to a church service at a nearby Methodist or Presbyterian church, and I envisioned him to be answering a…

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Service With a Smile: A Lesson in Gratitude

I work at a restaurant, serving delightful meals and memorable experiences to guests of all kinds. A few weeks ago I was in the midst of a shift when I could sense my attitude running amuck. Making comparisons to the woman working next to me, my mind began racing about how I was the victim…

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