Trusting God

Ruthie Leming's Bright Sadness

What if you woke up one morning from surgery to learn that you have Stage IV lung cancer. What do you do? If you were my sister, Ruthie Leming, who faced this crisis in the spring of 2010, you would keep calm and trust God.

Faith

Holiness and the Heart

My sister Ruthie never questioned what the Bible said, or the settled tradition our parents handed to us. For her, faith was what you did. Her faith was in her heart. That was the difference between my late sister and me, at least when it came to God.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness Given, Forgiveness Denied

My sister's death has taught me the urgency of seeking and offering forgiveness. We do not know when death will come for us. The weight of forgiveness withheld is a terrible burden to leave for others.

Community

Ruthie Leming: At Home in the World

Ruthie’s life and death showed me the deep practical wisdom taught by the early Christian father Benedict: We need the discipline of stability in place, and in community, to become who God wants us to be.

Becoming a Saint

The Little Way: How to Become a Saint

The chance to be a saint is always before us. It is a tragedy not to take it. The little way is long, but it is not hard, not if you take it one small step at a time.

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A journalist with over 20 years of experience, Dreher is a columnist for The Amercian Conservatory. He has also written for The Dallas Morning News, the New York Post, and other newspapers and journals. He is author of "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming" and "Crunchy Cons." He and his family live in Louisiana.

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