How to Speak of Easter Hope without Harming the Humble Christ

Swiss painter Eugène Burnand renders the confusion and hope of Peter and John's first Easter morning with such poignancy. They'd learned of the resurrection from some women friends who'd been told by an angel, and particularly from Mary Magdalene, told by the risen Christ himself, to tell them.  And then they ran to see that … Continue reading How to Speak of Easter Hope without Harming the Humble Christ

Need Evidence? Three Reasons to Increase Your Positive Speech

Overcoming our negative speech habits is so challenging that it's tempting to stop working on it.  We fail, and that's discouraging.  We're only human, after all. Why keep trying? When our good intentions evaporate and the truth conveyed by saints and scripture no longer inspires, we can always check out what researchers say about speech.  … Continue reading Need Evidence? Three Reasons to Increase Your Positive Speech

Christian vs. Christian: Stop Tearing Each Other Apart

Even worse than humanity's general tendency to use our tongues as swords is the fact that so many Christians do it to each other. It has always been so, because we are being perfected but few if any among us are perfected yet. But we must not accept this state of affairs.  St. Paul, writing … Continue reading Christian vs. Christian: Stop Tearing Each Other Apart

Turning our Sword-Tongues into Pruning Hooks

The biblical phrase, "beat your swords into plowshares and your spears into pruning hooks" comes from the Old Testament prophets Isaiah and Micah.  It refers to a time when God's justice will reign, when his rule of love is willingly accepted and all is blessed in the acceptance of his truth and grace.  When we're … Continue reading Turning our Sword-Tongues into Pruning Hooks

Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

The late actor John Candy has given us some of the most endearing talkative characters in comedy. Candy had a wonderful way of rendering his subjects as so annoying tha we know we'd probably avoid them if we met them in real life. Yet Candy could gradually reveal a humble, heart-of-gold side of the men … Continue reading Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

Loose Lips…a Warning When Words Flow Freely

Loose lips sink ships. Loose lips might sink ships, a phrase that originated during World War II, is an American English idiom meaning "beware of unguarded talk." The phrase was created by the War Advertising Council and was used on propaganda posters by the United States Office of War Information.  It would be wise to … Continue reading Loose Lips…a Warning When Words Flow Freely

Rutherfraud: How Political Mudslinging Diminishes Dignity

In the Kingdom of Ice is a masterful work of nonfiction detailing the tragic voyage of Captain George Washington DeLong and thirty-two adventurous men who attempted to reach the North Pole on the USS Jeannette in 1879.  Written by the spellbinding Hampton Sides, its beauty and sorrow make for a powerful historical read. In the … Continue reading Rutherfraud: How Political Mudslinging Diminishes Dignity

Advice from St. Francis de Sales: Honey Attracts More than Vinegar

"A spoonful of honey attracts more flies than a barrelful of vinegar." It is said that although St. Francis de Sales was known for a kindly and gentle temperament, he fought an inner battle with his temper for over 20 years.  He certainly practiced this simple axiom...and thousands of converts were won by his preaching … Continue reading Advice from St. Francis de Sales: Honey Attracts More than Vinegar

Big Pink Baby Name-calling and The Invisible Mistakecase

Insults and epithets abound in today's culture and seem socially acceptable in many circles.  Now more than ever, it's important to hold ourselves accountable to high standards of speech and to teach our children to do the same. Cherise Mericle Harper's The Invisible Mistakecase is a sweet and humorous tale about a grandpa who helps … Continue reading Big Pink Baby Name-calling and The Invisible Mistakecase