Category: Devotional

This is Not Vanity: Reflections on Turning Thirty

I have, that I can remember, never marked my birthdays here at Mere-O.  For most of my online history, I have kept such moments private, as making much of them invariably seems to satisfy no one. But today I enter...

/ January 20, 2012

Because of My Mother

As I type this I am watching a smug and self-important young woman on a Sunday morning show give a monologue on The Pill. On this Mother’s Day, she is telling the nation how great it is that women no...

/ May 9, 2010

The Mystery of Faith: A Brief Reflection for Thanksgiving

As Christians, we are a people who live in a present that is shaped definitively by the past and the future. The meaning of our present, of our contemporary lives and relationships, is fixed, but not yet revealed. We take...

/ November 25, 2009

Fasting for Strength

“Don’t give into some illusion and lose your power, but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control, they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing out of the ground, pennants flying above them.” -Rumi We...

/ March 18, 2008

Fasting for Self-Control

When you’re full of food and drink, Satan sits where your spirit should, an ugly metal statue in place of the Kaaba. When you fast, good habits gather like friends who want to help. Fasting is Solomon’s ring. A table...

/ March 1, 2008

Looking Back To See The Future

There are two ways to see the future. One is to receive a vision of all time and all reality. The other is to study the past for patterns that are timeless. The first is granted to only a tiny...

/ January 2, 2008

VI. Towards Gratitude

Roots of Self-Responsibility and Optimism “All is well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” Julian of Norwich I have suggested that Meister Eckhart is right when he says “Thank You” is not just...

/ November 30, 2007

V. Dependence is the Only Psychological Fact

Joy is the Only Psychological Fact “All day I think about it, then at night I say it: Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere,...

/ November 29, 2007

IV. Entitlement is the Only Sin

Entitlement is the only sin. “Value the least gifts no less than the greatest, and simple graces as especial favours. If you remember the dignity of the Giver, no gift will seem small or mean, for nothing can be valueless...

/ November 28, 2007

III. A Rough Definition of Gratitude

Gratitude Is the Spontaneous Emotion of Thanksgiving and Happiness in Response to Some Unmerited Good. When someone gives you a gift you did not expect and did not deserve, you ought (and most people do) feel a spontaneous sense of...

/ November 27, 2007