We have a friend from France who came to visit Florida just before the international flights from Europe were shut down because of the Coronavirus. While here, her sister in France fell ill from COVID-19. Our friend longed to return to France to be with her sister before she died. Her sister had no other…

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                The knee-to-the-neck killing of another black man has touched a nerve around the world. It’s not just about George Floyd; people seem to have awakened to a dark reality of racism and injustice that has long permeated our culture. There have been countless killings of African Americans by police, so why is this one…

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A personal friend lamented this week over her sister’s death in a nursing home. She was not able to visit and felt deeply saddened that her sister died alone, and now the sister suffers from grief and guilt for not having been there. In this new normal of the Coronavirus, I believe we will hear…

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Two thousand years of Religious doctrine that judges and condemns people to hell may have people away from religion. A consequence is that they also turn away from spirituality, perhaps thinking it’s the same thing. Many people say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.”  Many others simply ignore everything related to spiritual or religious conversations. In…

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“ Nobody loves me. Everybody hates me. I think I’ll eat some worms.” One of my best friends in High School would frequently say, “Nobody loves me. Everybody hates me. I think I’ll eat some worms.” He would say it like he was joking, and we would laugh, but looking back and reflecting on his…

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“How many days after a person dies, does the soul hang around?” That was one of many questions asked by the 40+ participants in the grief support workshop this past weekend near Guatemala City. I went to Guatemala, thinking that we would be discussing questions about grief related to the hundreds that died from the…

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            While visiting Mexico City on their Halloween and Day of the Dead, a Mexican family invited me to go with them to Xochimilco to the festival of the Dia de los Muertos. Masses of people squeezed through the narrow streets past food stands and vendors of articles related to the Day of the Dead.…

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It was 3:34 a.m. in Lota, Chile when Marta woke up to screams and a deep rumbling sound. Everything shook, and when she tried to stand up, she felt like a sailor in a storm. She reached for the walls to steady herself, but they shook and trembled. She didn’t know it yet, but she…

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Religious volunteers are arrested because they offered water and food to new immigrants. Our police officers are shot at by terrorists who out-gun them with their AK-47s and the “rights” of the terrorists are protected more than the lives of the police officers or the citizens they try to protect. Our government goes to court…

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