Category Archives: spirituality

On Choosing Death

There is a man I know — a very good faith-filled man —  who is choosing to die. He has been a dialysis patient for over 10 years and is not a transplant candidate. He has slowly watched the quality … Continue reading

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On Fathers

Originally posted on Psyche and Spirit/Richard B. Patterson PhD:
The Linn brothers have written that our image of God is often skewed through the realities of our Dads. I first became a father at age 24 when our eldest…

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On Childhood Heroes: Jimmy Piersall

Originally posted on Psyche and Spirit/Richard B. Patterson PhD:
I read somewhere once that stories that were favorites when we were children usually tell something about us (Mine was Ferdinand the Bull). The same is likely true of our childhood heroes.…

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Memorial Day 2017

Over the course of my career as a psychologist, I have met with many, many combat veterans. As they have shared their stories of war and loss, I have become increasingly opposed to war. The damage to body, mind, and … Continue reading

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On Books That Made a Difference

Each of our spiritual journeys is influenced by different sources. For some, it may be a particular mentor. For others, it may be specific experiences. My journey is filled with persons and experiences, some positive, some not. But many of the … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Mentors: John Muir

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” –John Muir In the spirit of honesty, my experience as a naturalist is limited. I have … Continue reading

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This is my Church!

In an earlier posting, I included a scene from the film On the Waterfront in which the character Father Barry (as portrayed by Karl Malden) is confronting union officials on the death of a dock worker. One thug yells “Go back to … Continue reading

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On Mystical Madness

Last week my wife and I hiked into Santa Elena Canyon (pictured above) in Big Bend National Park. We were both struck speechless by the beauty. My wife, having the gift of enthusiasm, said “I’d love to sing.” So together … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Food

I’ve often heard people comment on what happens at their churches with the phrase “I’m not being fed.” I’ve even had that thought myself after dozing through an uninspired sermon. But wait! Am I not responsible for choosing what I … Continue reading

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On Martyrs: Dorothy Day

Originally posted on Psyche and Spirit/Richard B. Patterson PhD:
I trust that someday soon the Catholic Church will decalre Dorothy Day a saint (even though she did not like being called a saint). Dorothy is a saint to whom…

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