What can We Do?

Earlier this week, we were shocked to hear that Alex Mercado, Rev. Pattie and Fred’s son, had been in a serious bicycle accident. He was hit by a car while biking home at night. Rev. Pattie sent an email to our prayer ministry immediately asking for prayer support. She said what had happened. Then she…

Timeless Wisdom

Let me start by telling the truth. I rarely spend time pouring over the wisdom of ancient or modern philosophers. I found this intriguing quotation in Terry Patten’s book, The New Republic of the Heart. Frederich Nietzsche, who died in 1900, captured many profound ideas in his writing. among them: “Let the young soul survey…

Are We Settlers?

Several months ago, when I invited an attorney to help me create a current trust, she noticed the book Barking to the Choir, The Power of Radical Kinship on my desk. She had previously read Gregory Boyle’s first book, Tattoos on the Heart, so I loaned her my book. The process of creating a Trust…

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

It suddenly dawned on me I have been studying heartbreak for my whole life! I thought I was studying Love but it seems I have devoted much of my attention to the misery of unrequited love! First, when I was three, Mom was reading Bambi to my sister, and she read the part when Bambi…

The Vulnerable — to protect? or to emulate?

Our theme for the month of June is “Listening to Our World.” Centers for Spiritual Living’s theme is “Protect the Vulnerable.” I like the idea of being a champion for those who cannot speak up or stand up for themselves. I always rooted for the underdogs when I used to attend sports contests. Yes, I…

Potent With Possibilities

In the May 1953 issue of the Science of Mind magazine, Raymond Charles Barker wrote: “I am not conditioned by my childhood; I am conditioned only by my present thinking. What I have been does not necessarily indicate what I should be or what I should be and shall be. I create no false glamorization…

To Our Mothers

It has been a long, long time since I lived close to my mother, but up until the year she passed, I tried my best to talk with her on Skype every day. It was important to her. When we talked, she would always tell me which of my sisters and brothers had also called.…

Your Choice: Storm or Rainbow

Recently, I heard a popular song that has a beautiful message. The song is “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves. We have had an abundance of rain this year. It is unusual for us in Southern California. Our hills are filled with green grass and yellow mustard. It is lush and beautiful. We really needed the rain.…

Could We Start Again Please?

Have you ever wanted a “do-over”? Evidently, in golf, it is called a Mulligan. But whatever the name, the feeling is the same. For one reason or another, we see that we have made a mistake. Sometimes we begin with questioning ourselves: “Did I make the right decision?” I would really like to do this…