Archive for June, 2012

Loneliness–One of the Greatest of all Diseases

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. ~Mother Teresa   Both of us know friends who for many years have bottled up deep feelings, wounds, guilt, and pain inside.  They have been afraid to share because they fear being judged–they think to themselves, if she or he only knew where I have […]

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Telling Secrets

We’re on this perilous mission together.  I’ve found that when men can share anything with each other, anything, it creates a certain esprit de corps. Based on actual events, the 2003 film, Saints and Soldiers tells the gripping story of a small band of World War II Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines with information that […]

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The Kids Trust

To help young children of abuse grow up in a safe, happy and exciting environment, but to also increase awareness of child abuse. This is the mission of The Kids Trust, a central Pennsylvania non-profit organization created by the late Gary L. Houck, Jr.  It was Gary’s passion to let children who are abused know […]

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Judging Others By the Names We Call Them

Once you label me, you negate me.     Soren Kierkegaard This morning we had a discussion on how we often unconsciously put labels on people without even recognizing that we do. We have the tendency to put a person’s circumstances, color, class distinction, job, disease, disability first before we look at someone simply as a person […]

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A Gut Check on the Attitudes We Have About Others

Tragedy is that our attention centers on what people are not, rather than on what they are and who they might become.      Brennan ManningIt’s our common struggle to look at others, not seeing their inherent worth. It seems far easier and more natural to see the faults, failings and flaws of everyone else than […]

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An Honest Friend

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.      Robert Louis StevensonWe want to be really personal today. This post is about our relationship and how we hope we are modeling honesty and friendship for others. Over the last few […]

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Forgiving Others – Remembering that None of Us are Perfect

Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.     Henri NouwenThis quote speaks […]

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We Must Always Forgive Oursleves

It’s toughest to forgive ourselves, so it’s best probably to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.      Patty Duke We wonder sometimes, whether it’s easier to practice the art of forgiving others or easier […]

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Communication is Key: Forgiveness is essential!

“The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Ghandi So many of us look at forgiveness as a sign of weakness; we think forgiveness means to give in, to excuse, to let off the hook, to submit to someone.  In many ways our society models this way of thinking.  Whenever we […]

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Communication is Key – The Power of Saying I’m Sorry

Play fair. Don’t hit people. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.      Robert Fulghum How hard is it for you to say: I’m sorry?How often do you hold it back when you know it’s the best thing to say?How sincerely do you mean it when you finally say it?Just this morning, after arriving home […]

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