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What Does It Mean to Believe?

posted by smcswain

To believe, what does that mean? To have faith, can you explain? Faith, the capacity to believe, is an innate gift of Divine grace imparted to you at birth. In other words, you are a believer at birth. How do […]

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What Does It Mean to Believe?

posted by smcswain

To believe, what does that mean? To have faith, can you explain? Faith, the capacity to believe, is an innate gift of Divine grace imparted to you at birth. In other words, you are a believer at birth. How do […]

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Give Thanks in All Things! All Things? You’re Kidding, Right?

posted by smcswain

Saint Paul said, “In everything, give thanks” (1 Thess. 5:17). Yea right? Who does that? Give thanks for everything?  Really?  You’ve got to be kidding, Paul. Not one of your more inspiring moments, if you ask me. For pleasures? Well, […]

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Stepping into the Eternal…into Authentic Faith

posted by smcswain

All structures…foundations…all pillars of faith….in other words, all beliefs are uncertain, temporary, and they are not…I repeat…they are not the source of authentic faith… …if authentic faith is what you seek. Faith is authentic…genuine…most real…when it has nothing upon which to stand. […]

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Hospital or Hotel? What IS the Church, Anymore?

posted by smcswain

“If we devote ourselves to the effort to be real, the Universe in all its forms will find us, the way that wind finds leaves and waves find shore” – Mark Nepo. “The effort to be real…” That is my […]

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How May I Know When I’m Truly Living By Faith?

posted by smcswain

You are thinking that what has happened to you is a “failure.” Right? Think again. Could it be, as someone has put it, that “what you perceive as a failure is simply life unfolding in a new direction?” Can you […]

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How Do You Grow in Christ?

posted by smcswain

“Be no longer children,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “but grow up in Christ” (Eph. 4:15). All my spiritual life…for as long as I can remember…religious people have sincerely, but mistakenly, exhorted me to “grow up in Christ.” It sounded reasonable. […]

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You Are What You Seek

posted by smcswain

Or, so said Saint Francis. Rumi, the Sufi poet put it slightly differently, “What you seek is seeking you.” And, Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom.” So, what is the Kingdom? It is not the Church. Not heaven either. Are you […]

Life’s Most Inglorious Bastard

posted by smcswain

Inglorious Basterds! Not sure why they spell it that way, but they do. Remember the war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino? I’m pretty sure “Inglorious Basterds” is an apt name for my ego…maybe yours, too. I have struggled […]

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Golden Rule: Try a Little Kindness Today, Won't You?
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