When Authority is Corrupt

I was watching a presentation by Joan Chittister recently as part of the Spiritual Directors International annual conference. In it, Sister Joan put forth the Benedictine steps to humility as a solution to what she - correctly, I believe - sees as the loss of values in our overly individualistic society. One of the qualities…

With Power Comes Responsibility

Another day, another fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in the Minneapolis area. The officer's body cam footage seem to reveal that she meant to use her Tazer but somehow grabbed her gun instead. That's a potential reason but is most definitely not an excuse. I found some articles on the Internet that claim…

It’s Not About Guns

In light of the King Soopers shooting in Boulder, Colorado, the same tired old discussions are starting anew. At least Congress is starting to be honest and some are admitting they oppose gun control because they fear it would make it difficult when reelection time rolls around. Reflect on that statement for just a moment.…

Integrity

You cannot be a compulsive liar or gaslighter and be a "good person." Why not? Most of what goes into being a "good person" is integrity. Can I trust what you say? Do you say what you mean? Is what you say consistent with what you know to be true? What would the upside have…

When Does Appeasement Embolden?

When does appeasement embolden? Anyone who has raised children knows that point exists. Children, as an appropriate task of development, challenge their parents, test limits, and push against the rules. At different ages, different rules are challenged at different levels of intensity, but the challenges happen and those kids are looking for the reassurance that…

Faith and Obligation?

If something is an obligation, is doing it really faith or rather fear of punishment? Those of us raised in small-c catholic traditions may recall the idea of holy days of obligation. These were days wherein church attendance was considered mandatory, and failure to attend was considered sin unless you had an officially sanctioned reason…

Entitled, Much?

I seem to keep coming across the byline of a woman who feels her generation didn't get what it deserved from preceding generations. Although I won't set fire to enough money or time to buy and read her book, I feel safe in assuming she feels she and her cohort got less than they deserved…

When THAT Guy Shows Up

I suspect we all have had that friend - a good guy at heart but completely lacking in social graces. If you invite him over, the odds are that something will be spilled and something else broken before he leaves. He tends to speak just a little too loudly, act just a bit too impulsively,…

Facebook has a Problem

I don't know if you are a Facebook person or not. I suppose you could say I used to be, and I still have a presence there mostly to promote my work, but the truth is I hate signing on to Facebook. Not only has it become extremely polarized, along with most of American culture,…