We Desire Too Little, Not Too Much...

With the ongoing struggle of spiritual warfare, it can become very easy for us to get the impression that any and all desires are evil lures that draw us away from God. Some religions and philosophies teach that we must rid ourselves of desire altogether. This is not the Catholic understanding, however. Even if I desire to steal or to kill or to cheat, it is because there is a much deeper and greater desire for good in me that has become twisted or pointed in the wrong direction. I do this to myself through habits of sin. But God did not make us for sin, depravity, selfishness, war, greed, or any other kind of evil. He made us for greatness. When we sin, we buy into the Great Lie - that the

The Parable of the Lost Starfish

There was once a starfish who lived by herself on the shore, and before long she couldn't remember ever having been elsewhere. This was her home - this was the world she knew. But something was never quite right for the starfish. She felt empty, unfulfilled, out of place, and it filled her with a deep sadness. She watched as birds flew blissfully around the shoreline and the trees swayed to and fro in the gentle breeze. Why were they so happy? Why couldn't she be more like them? One day, the starfish began to hear the surging voice of the nearby ocean more clearly, more steadily than ever before. Soon she could swear that she heard it speak to her, saying, "Come home! Come home!" "Come h

The Power of Words

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." I doubt there's a single person among us who hasn't heard that old rhyme at some point. Usually we hear it as children when we've just encountered a bully's taunts or a parent or teacher is trying to convince us to avoid fighting in favor of a higher road. While those goals are all well and good, the problem is that the saying just isn't true. I don't know who first came up with this old adage. Our friend Wikipedia, citing Gary Martin's website phrases.org.uk, points to its earliest known usage in the March 1862 edition of The Christian Recorder, the official periodical of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In that re