Category Archives: spirituality

The Challenge of Charlottesville

White supremacists turn my stomach, especially when they claim to be Christian. I would like to leave it at that, content in my self-righteous outrage. Unfortunately I claim to be a Christian too and so, as my stomach churns as … Continue reading

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On Reading the Bible a Fourth Time

I have once again finished reading the Bible. I continue to experience it as moving, helpful, confusing, at times mind-numbingly boring. I looked forward to some of the stories and characters I find inspiring. I heave a deep sigh when … Continue reading

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Spiritual Mentors: C.S. Lewis

I have been blessed with many spiritual mentors during my journey and continue to meet new ones along the way. But I always seem to come back to C.S. Lewis. I suppose that one theme that draws me to him … Continue reading

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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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