7 01, 2018

The Examen, from St. Ignatius of Loyola, (as interpreted by Father James Martin)

2018-01-08T13:37:21-05:00January 7th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The Examen, from St. Ignatius of Loyola, (as interpreted by Father James Martin)

Presence: Remember that you’re in the presence of God in a special way when you pray. Ask God for help in prayer.Gratitude: Recall two or three things that happened today for which you are especially grateful. Savor them. Then thank God for these gifts.Review: Review you day from start to finish, noticing where you experienced God’s presence. Notice everything from large to small: from an enjoyable interaction with a friend to the feel of the sun on your face. When did you love? When were you loved?Sorrow: You may have sinned today or done something you regret. Express your sorrow [...]

5 01, 2018

Getting to the root of it…

2018-01-08T13:34:52-05:00January 5th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Getting to the root of it…

A PERSONAL PRAYER O God, Sometimes, I feel like I am addressing the symptoms rather than the illness. Sometimes, I feel like I am changing the clothes I am wearing rather than improving the health of the soul. I worry about the fruit of my life – what impact am I making? How can I treat people better? How can I listen more? How can I address the issues I am avoiding? How can I be happier, healthier, better? But all of these outward behaviors are simply outgrowths of something far more central, something at the core of who [...]

29 12, 2017

Being an Acolyte

2017-12-29T08:45:47-05:00December 29th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

After my confirmation at St. Luke’s, I knew I wanted to become more involved in the church services. I primarily attended Sunday School instead of the services as a child, but as I grew older I found that I enjoyed listening to the sermons and liked the traditional aspect of the services. After looking for a way to become involved in the service, I became an acolyte. The acolytes light the candles at the opening and closing of every service, providing light at the altar and to God. At the end of the service, the acolyte carries the [...]

29 12, 2017

Turning the page…

2017-12-29T08:40:04-05:00December 29th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Turning the page…

A PERSONAL PRAYERGod of New Beginnings,You know how I love that old hymn, “Rise Up, O Men of God. Have done with lesser things.” I am ready to be done with lesser things. Time to turn the page. Time for a fresh start, new energy, renewed commitment. It is time to quit……nursing old grudges…feeding old anxieties…practicing old vices…enabling old dependencies…repeating old sins.And it is time to start……believing new hopes…living new lifestyles…dreaming new visions…building new coalitions…making new friends…claiming new opportunities…seeing new miracles.Help me begin again, God. In Jesus name,Amen.SOME THOUGHTS TO SHAREChristmas Eve AppreciationWhat a joy it was to be with all of you on Christmas [...]

22 12, 2017

Nutcrackers, by Kathleen Ownby

2017-12-22T10:04:29-05:00December 22nd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Nutcrackers, by Kathleen Ownby

There are two types of nutcrackers… those that crack nuts and those that do not. I collect nutcrackers that are usually carved of wood in the shapes of soldiers, knights, kings or other professions and are not functional for cracking nuts. Since at least the 15th century, carving nutcrackers in rural forested German towns became an industry that often provided the only income. Nutcrackers became popular in the United States after World War II due to the first production of the Nutcracker Ballet in 1940 and to soldiers talking about the carved “dolls” when they returned home from [...]

22 12, 2017

Expect Love

2017-12-22T09:59:53-05:00December 22nd, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Expect Love

A PERSONAL PRAYERGod of Love,You seem to have sent some conflicting messages, and I get confused sometimes. It seems that how I view the arrival of the Messiah depends a bit on the prophet to whom I listen. Some of the prophets speak of doom, of fear, of all sorts of bad things. The prophet Amos proclaims, “Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light.” Amos 5:18 On the other hand, the prophet Isaiah claims that when the Messiah comes, “they will [...]

15 12, 2017

The Music Box, by Sid Davis

2017-12-15T10:11:43-05:00December 15th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on The Music Box, by Sid Davis

A dear friend and mentor, Craig Hella Johnson, describes choosing music for a day like today as listening to “knockings” that happen deep inside. That is a very accurate picture of how certain selections seem to float to the top as the Christmas Festival takes shape in my head. Some results of those quiet voices need no explanation, but for a few, it might help to crack the door just a bit in order for us all to understand what we are hearing, and why. We begin this morning with an antique music box -— the 19th century [...]

15 12, 2017

Expect to be Amazed!

2017-12-15T09:29:56-05:00December 15th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Expect to be Amazed!

A PERSONAL PRAYERGod,I confess that I have grown cynical about some things. I see problems in the world, and don’t see how they can really be solved. I see challenges in my life, and figure I will never be able to overcome them. My logic tells me I am right to feel such a way. We humans are flawed, sinful, so we will always be hurting one another, taking more than our share of things, treating others as objects to be used. And the world is a broken place, and diseases and tragedies will always be with us. And yet, when I look around, I [...]

8 12, 2017

God Bless Us, Everyone!

2017-12-08T10:05:50-05:00December 8th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on God Bless Us, Everyone!

Charles Dickens said it best in A Christmas Carol when he gave Timothy Cratchit the line, “God bless us, everyone!” Seen through the eyes of Tiny Tim, Christmas is a time of blessings and miracles. As children, we anticipate the coming of Christmas mostly because of the expectation of gifts, and of relatives, food and fun. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we see the true meaning of Christmas as a time of anticipation of the coming of Christ as well as gifts, relatives, food and fun! For the past 20 years, I have played an annual [...]

8 12, 2017

Things are gonna change

2017-12-08T09:58:27-05:00December 8th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Things are gonna change

A PERSONAL PRAYERGod,Yep, I like my life just the way it is. Can’t I just go on like this? Like an old familiar car, or a chair that fits me just right, I like it just fine. And yet, I know that nothing can remain the same. Everything changes. The familiar gives way to the unfamiliar, and by the time that new thing is familiar, something else is upon us. It seems the only constant is change itself. God, sometimes the change is so hard to deal with.If I am honest, even though my life is wonderful, there is something nagging in me that makes [...]