Author Archives: richp45198

About richp45198

I am a clinical psychologist and have an abiding interest in matters spiritual.

The Road Not Taken

Today is Robert Frost’s birthday. As such, this morning I find myself meditating on his great poem “The Road Not Taken”. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long … Continue reading

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Heroes: The Four Immortal Chaplains

The story of the four chaplains is not well known enough. True, they were honored on a postal stamp as well as at various religious sites. But, especially during a time when religion is rife with scandal, conflict, divisiveness and … Continue reading

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The Book of Job

As I undertake yet another journey reading the Bible, I realize that, as I wade through some crushingly boring parts, what keeps me going is looking forward to other parts of the Bible. The Book of Ester. The story of … Continue reading

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Broken Vessels: Lent as a Doorway to Conversion (excerpt)

Here is an excerpt from my newest article of the same title. It appears in the March issue of St. Anthony Messenger. When I hear the word conversion, I tend to immediately think of persons who became Catholic but were … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Elitism

Once my son Andy came to me and asked “Dad, when Jesus calls those scribes and Pharisees “whitened sepulchers”, was that like calling them sons of bitches?’ Well, first of all, you might guess where Andy heard the SOB term. … Continue reading

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Healing Self-judgment

For some time now, in my writings and in my work, I have tried to help others learn to love themselves. I have noted that just about all the major world religions include some form of the words “Love your … Continue reading

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In Memory of Thich Nhat Hahn

This blog is reposted in honor of a great man whose writings greatly enhanced my spiritual journey. My spiritual journey has brought me into the presence of many great men and women. Some I met only through their writings. Such … Continue reading

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On Being a Cafeteria Catholic

“Cafeteria Catholic” is a disparaging term used by some to refer to Catholics who allegedly “pick and choose” from Catholic teaching and practice. The undercurrent is that we pick and choose based on comfort and convenience. Well, I have a … Continue reading

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Heroes: Buck O’Neil

I continue to have great admiration and respect for men who played in the Negro Leagues. Deprived of the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues, these men pursued their passion in all kinds of adverse circumstances. Some, such as … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Christmas

It is that time of year for lights and shopping and multiple reruns of “A Christmas Story”. It is also that time of year when we hear various critics say “We have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.” So I … Continue reading

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