character

A Man I Know

Man at Prayer

I lit a candle and prayed in our parish chapel not long ago for a man I know in his late-70s who is struggling with various health issues as he gets older.  The candle I lit burned brightly, more brightly than the others, for the hour I was in the chapel.  The light reminded me of his life filled with […]

Encountering the Word — Romans 5:1-5

Photography © by Andy Coan

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and […]

Movie Review of “Undefeated”

There’s nothing like the story of an underdog overcoming the odds to surprise everyone and come out on top. In the documentary Undefeated, the story of the Manassas Tigers, an inner city Memphis, Tennessee high school football team is a glimpse into a world of defeat. The boys have more family members who have gone to prison than to college.  […]

Dr. Ray on Discipline

Discipline — it’s a word that once had a pretty good reputation. Parents instinctively knew that discipline was something kids needed. It was good for them. It taught them the basics of living: character, morals, responsibility, respect. But in the last generation or two, discipline has received a spanking. Some experts proclaim that really savvy parents shouldn’t have to discipline […]