“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Thursday, March 14, 2019
I fail to see why children do not need a mother and a father. Would someone please explain it to me?
*Abortion is the most striking and tragic example.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Saint John of the Cross compared faith to feet by which we journey toward God, and love is our guide. It is ironic that during the years that I could not actually use my feet because of disease, I continued to walk spiritually toward God. And yes, love was my guide. Now as an old man, I am discovering that the whole of my life — even in its darkest times — has been a journey toward love in its various forms:
LaRee and I are acutely aware that we are being led
rather than leading. Our journey toward the love of God has an intimate connection to our love for each other. We are startled at the sudden change of direction in our journey of and toward love.
Over the past few months, I have discovered there is
something that needs to heal and something that needs to die, something that needs to be rejected and something that needs to be embraced, There is something that needs to stop and something that must begin, something that needs to be changed and something that needs to be celebrated.
I think LaRee and I are getting to the heart of what matters in life and love. The purpose of life is to grow in love without strings attached. Trust that is broken must be forgiven. We must trust again without fear of whether it is wise or not. Our example is Christ. He forgave me when I thought I was unforgivable. He loves me though I may seem unlovable.
Christ loved those who hurt him—he is God-made-man  and God is love. The journey toward the source of love (personified with the Incarnation) is the whole purpose for my time on earth. And I suspect that in your heart of hearts you will discover the same is true for you.
 John 1.9, 14, 1John 4.2., Luke 1.35., 14.9, Romans 1.4., Colossians.1.15. Hebrews. 1.2-3.
 1John 4.8.
Monday, January 21, 2019
triplegic and in a wheelchair — I began to recover function. It left my physicians and family with their mouths agape! I wrote about this in a previous blog post.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
|Our 1st dance on|
our wedding day
At one point, LaRee wondered why couples separate and divorce after decades together? There was no judgment, only curious sadness. (We're both are sadly aware of tragic marital situations involving abuse, addictions and infidelity. She's very understanding in those circumstances. Our early years of marriage did involve alcoholism.)
After long-term marriages end, where do their histories go? Who do they share their exclusive and most intimate memories with that were accumulated over many years? If their love for each other has cooled or died ... isn't it worth trying to revive?
Somebody might say that I don't understand their circumstances. They are right. All I have to go on is my own experience of a love affair with LaRee that began when we were teenagers. If she was to leave
me now, she would take away the very heart of me (to borrow a line of Peter Cetera's song "If You Leave Me Now").
When you meet someone what has been left (either by divorce or death) be tender and kind. Their heart has been broken at some point and their dreams of a previous time were dashed and died. They need your love and understanding.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
|My grandson comforting me|
during a low point
If I lose the ability to walk and return to my wheelchair, I will use the experience as part of my Christian witness. Either way, I will praise God. He has been with me, and sustained me, throughout this long 35-year journey.
Friday, December 28, 2018
|My daughter Ronaele|
(we're two peas in a pod)