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Dr. George G. Ritchie

Posted by markdohle , 11 September 2014 · 211 views

Dr. George G. Ritchie, a psychiatrist who, as a young man at Camp Barkeley in Texas, "died" for nine minutes during a horrible bout of pneumonia and claimed to have been shown the afterlife by none other than Jesus. You discern. We wrote about him a while back and feel compelled to revisit aspects we could not focus upon back then, for the...


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God's will

Posted by markdohle , 10 September 2014 · 216 views

God's will


God is such a funny term,
So generic and easy to use,

It slips off the tongue smoothly
Either in praise or in a curse,

Easy to make trivial,
To seek to box in
By certain theologies or beliefs,

Thinking that the mind of God can be known,
Expressed shamefully
By simple quotes,
Thereby damming...


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Then they understand

Posted by markdohle , 09 September 2014 · 238 views




Then they understand

Treading is what people often do,
Just trying to keep the head above water,
Struggling to stay afloat
With no surcease in sight.
Often alone with no one to say a kind word
Or offer a helping hand.

They are all around us,
Passing our way on the street,
Our neighbors,
Even...


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We are all teachers

Posted by markdohle , 08 September 2014 · 226 views

We are all teachers


We pass each other every day,
Nodding and smiling
Then forgetting the face of the one just past.
Like a river people come into our lives,
Some part and flow around us
Others come ashore in one way or another.
Some to bring joy into our lives,
Others sorrow,
Still a few to bring great suffering,
Teaching us how to deal with...


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Dialysis waiting room

Posted by markdohle , 07 September 2014 · 280 views

Dialysis waiting room

I came in and sat down in the small waiting room,
The people there were waiting their turn to be called in.
Quiet, low key, perhaps tired,
Some are better at dialysis than others,
Many give it up since it is so hard on their bodies

I sat down with my book and started to read,
Then ever so softly I heard a soft humming,
Gentle in its...


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Well sort of

Posted by markdohle , 06 September 2014 · 197 views


Well sort of

(Seek and you shall find, knock

and the door will open ....Matt: 7 7-8))



Once a month I see someone; her name is Inge.  She understands the stress that all of us humans go through in our lives.  She also understands how many of our...


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All we need do is forget

Posted by markdohle , 05 September 2014 · 188 views

All we need to do is forget

Science makes us wise in how things work,
governments can bring some order into our lives,
but it is the human heart that makes changes,
neither governments nor science,
it is the soul of man that loves,
the spirit of man that sees God’s image
in all those around them that allows...


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Will my soul find rest?

Posted by markdohle , 04 September 2014 · 529 views

Will my soul find rest?

I always feel tired.

When I die Lord
will my soul find rest?

Is love true
and joy a reality,
or a dream
of the old and weary
as life runs down?




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When all we can do is wait

Posted by markdohle , 02 September 2014 · 202 views

When all we can do is wait

Prayer is about communion with the Eternal,
it has many forms,
thinking, listening, silence, struggle, peace,
are all aspects of prayer,
it is the Infinite that is always ‘Yes”,
even when we can’t say "Yes" ourselves
or respond.

There are times when we can only wait in faith.


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A way of being

Posted by markdohle , 01 September 2014 · 189 views

A way of being


My heart is often lazy and slow,
wanting to stay in its torpid state,
as if new life would shatter its walls
to allow the light within.

To desire life is stronger still
for the spirit of man seeks healing and joy,
a way of being that does not drain nor tire
but propels one on to greater...


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Good leaders (What I learned from high ranking officers at Fr. Gulick, Panama)

Posted by markdohle , 31 August 2014 · 183 views




Good leaders
(What I learned from high ranking officers at Fr. Gulick, Panama)


This morning after vigils I went into out dinning area here in the retreat house and ran into a group of men who were here for the weekend.  We chatted for a bit.  Each of them was in the...


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Demands a commitment

Posted by markdohle , 30 August 2014 · 139 views

Demands a commitment


I often wonder why people will look at a group, and then reject them along with what they believe because some of them don’t live up to what they profess.  Some people are more consistent with this than others, for they will withdraw from...


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Bottomless

Posted by markdohle , 29 August 2014 · 452 views

Bottomless

So much suffering,
it is like an ocean, bottomless,
though not true I know O Lord,
it is your love and mercy
that has no end.

Help us all on our journey
though this strange world of struggle,
failure and sin,
as well as love, joy, peace and community.



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Anywhere else

Posted by markdohle , 28 August 2014 · 855 views

Anywhere else

Each moment filled with light,
if not seen who then is at fault?

Blind I often am to ‘this’ moment,
seeking more,

Where?

In ‘anywhere else’,
an illusion with a real price
giving nothing at all.


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Dealing with life/pain/and the inner life

Posted by markdohle , 27 August 2014 · 217 views

Dealing with life/pain/and the inner life


I remember my dad talking when I was young about shell shock, now called post-traumatic stress disorder.  My father only talked about it a couple of times, but the symptoms where the same.  Broken marriages, violence, alcohol abuse and suicide where what he mentioned.  Now my...


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We do have a spirit

Posted by markdohle , 27 August 2014 · 349 views

We do have a spirit


No matter what ones religious belief, or lack of, we do have a Spirit that needs to be attended to. The Spirit within each of us is made for joy, love, happiness.... if we do not develop our inner life we will look for other avenues to attain what we most desire....what we are made for. When we...


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We do choose

Posted by markdohle , 26 August 2014 · 188 views

We do choose


It is hard for many to understand but we do choose to hate or not to; to judge or not to.  It is just that hating and judging come so easy, they are instinctive.  As a Christian (and I would say for any who seek to become more loving and human) we are free to develop the greatest of all the spiritual gifts, which is of course...


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Strong tendencies

Posted by markdohle , 25 August 2014 · 174 views

Strong tendencies


It is obvious to me that we are a species that has strong tendencies towards violence and self destructive behavior.  So violence can be manifested in many ways, showing it self in how we relate to ourselves, our families, friends and on a cultural...


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Yet they continue, the good policemen and women

Posted by markdohle , 24 August 2014 · 181 views


Yet they continue, the good policemen and women



I have a lot of respect for the police.  I believe that many of them, perhaps the majority become policemen and women because they actually want to serve and protect others.  I have seen the police show concern and respect...


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Not an arrival point

Posted by markdohle , 23 August 2014 · 160 views

Humility is a virtue, it is not an arrival point.  It is like patience, we are patient when we don't feel patient but act as if we are anyway.  Humility is not low self esteem, nor is it being a door mat for others.  It is about knowing the truth about oneself and not being afraid of that truth, but beginning anew...