Is This All There Is?

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The following is a slight adaptation of a homily preached at St. Philip Presbyterian Church (USA) in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, during the Season of Lent. The sermon focuses on Genesis 2:18-20. It is relevant to readers of this blog specifically (and those interested in the mission of the Institute for Spiritualty […]

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“The Physical Case for Happiness” by Joel D Wade

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Every now and then I find an essay that has a lot to say.  See if you don’t agree concerning this essay by Joel D. Wade who is a “Life Coach.”  Much of what he says is what we teach at the Institute: “We are all familiar with the basic guidelines for good health: exercise, eat right – more […]

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Holy Days Give Meaning to Life

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When I was a boy and was baptized at age 12, I hung a picture of Jesus on the wall over my bed.  I felt very holy until my mother said, “John, people will think we are Catholic and worship idols.”  At the time I didn’t realize it was bad to be a Catholic and […]

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On Psychiatrists Being Taught How to Increase Revenue

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I was recently saddened to receive an email inviting psychiatrists to attend a course so they could learn how to increase their revenue by increasing patient load, etc.  Small wonder psychiatry is rapidly becoming “psychopharmacology,” writing prescriptions in a 20-minute office visit,  and all-too-often ignoring the underlying psychosocial and spiritual problems that cause a patient’s symptoms in the first place.  […]

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Sistine Angels

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  The sun had set, as we seem to be destined to set with it. We entered through a dark narrow door. Immediately we heard the sound of angels coming from within, spilling into every corner of the room. Then we looked up and knew we had entered a part of heaven. Above, and all […]

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