How May We Know Our Father in Heaven?

As a special educator, I know that we learn from the concrete to the abstract. That is why it is so difficult for a person who has no sight to understand some concepts, such as tall. Yes, she may reach to the head of a man and know that 6’5” is tall. But what of a tall building? Or a tall mountain? Without craning my neck to look up at a skyscraper and know that the Twin Towers were twice as high, I would have no basis for comparison in grasping the concept of tall. Without looking down...
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What is the Antidote for Loneliness?

Many thousands of lonely people daily pay online sites in the hope of connecting romantically. Electronic gadgets keep the eyes of their users averted from the people around them; in return, the ignored feel invisible or, at least, discounted. People lose jobs and the relationships they provided, and then compound their alienation by withdrawing even further in shame or anger. Many people do not have the means to participate in social situations they would otherwise choose, and then erect a wall...
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How May We Face Aging with Peace?

By Connie S. At age 68 I have given some thought to the process of aging, and have determined that what is most daunting in it for me is the fear of becoming powerless. After all, one of the attempts of my husband and me, to counter the impression that we are becoming frail victims was to install a new doorbell. When pushed, it responds with a deep growl followed by several seconds of loud barking. Those who are unaware that my husband’s feet and my knees will not allow us to walk a dog will ass...
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How Can We Stay Calm During Crisis?

My favorite hymn is “Lead, Kindly Light”, because it reminds me how I should react to anxiety. When I sing it, the sentiments are mine. John Henry Newman’s words might have been written by me today, instead of in the nineteenth century. Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom; Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home; Lead thou me on! These lyrics imply that in unfamiliar territory, fear often takes over. I know I am vulnerable and need help. My husband and I k...
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