Author Archives: richp45198

About richp45198

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

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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Further Thoughts on Sacred Music

On my run this morning, I listened to a version of “Simple Gifts” from Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Springtime. I had the thought that, just as sacred places for me are not necessarily related to churches, so it is with music. … Continue reading

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The Long Thanksgiving Dinner 2021

The Long Thanksgiving Dinner Revisited I thought I would repost this slightly revised piece. As for all of us, more loved ones have passed through the black curtain this year. Yet they will all be there, gathered together in spirit. I … Continue reading

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Fathers in Films

Following up on an earlier piece I wrote on Mothers in Movies, I thought a piece on fathers would be appropriate. I found it a little more challenging. Fathers are often portrayed as either extremely idealized, as buffoons, or as … Continue reading

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On Being Shanty Irish

Some years ago in a long-forgotten novel, I came across the term “Shanty Irish”. It referred to a certain discomfort one might have in the presence of wealth. Shanty Irish refers to those Irish immigrants who, in Ireland or in … Continue reading

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