❤️>H8: From Disgust to Compassion

Deep within our human brain lies a small region where our sense of disgust for self or other is formed, processed, and triggered. But in the exact same brain region, so too is compassion formed, processed, and triggered. You can make a conscious choice to go in one of two directions: to harm or to comfort; to hate or to love; to destroy or to support. Social psychologist Heidi Lepper Barrett shares more in this reflection.

Stay In The Pocket and Guard Your Heart

Jesus taught in parables. So let’s use a football analogy to make a spiritual point as we near Super Bowl Sunday. Your heart is a well; neglect the well and your heart will run dry. How do we, as King Solomon instructs in the Book of Proverbs, guard our hearts above all else? That’s the topic of this week’s 5-minute reflection.

I Will Not Be Silent {5-Minute Reflection}

“For Zion’s Sake I will not be silent. For Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet.” – Isaiah 62:1

The Gospel is to be proclaimed and celebrated. It will not always be accepted, but it must be told. The good news is the same breath that filled John the Baptist with the Holy Spirit in his mother’s womb, breathes in us, too.

The One Thing {5-Minute Reflection}

You can listen by clicking the arrow below or subscribe to “The Water Jar” podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher. If you’d rather read the reflection, keep scrolling for the full transcript. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with a friend who told me about an initiative she competed last year called Plan Your Read more about The One Thing {5-Minute Reflection}[…]

Let us be Baptized in the Holy Spirit {5-Minute Reflection}

(Please excuse the erroneous email delivered on Thursday. This one is the real deal!)

With the Baptism of the Lord this Sunday we will hear St. John the Baptist proclaim, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Baptism in the Spirit is one of the few themes written about in all four Gospels. But what does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? To get to the heart of that question, let’s pose a different question first. How is it possible for a person who has received the sacraments to not be living a dynamic life of faith? This 5-Minute Reflection explores both questions.