Trip helps unload emotional baggage

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist I just returned from an unforgettable trip to Tucson, Ariz., which made me realize 1) I don’t understand the concept of “light packing,” and 2) I also carry a lot of “spiritual baggage.” My daughter Laura and I went with the youth group of St. Helen’s Catholic Church to a […]

Disharmony can spread from earthly to spiritual life

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist On the Wednesday just past, much of the Christian world observed Ash Wednesday, a day of repentance and self-examination on which begins the season of Lent, the six weeks preceding Easter. Much about this particular observance contradicts the way in which we view ourselves but not the way in which […]

Local Buddhist must improvise to follow faith

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Rhomylly Forbes uses the practice rooms at Eastern New Mexico University to meditate with her concertina. She says the peacefulness of Buddhism is part of what led her to embrace the religion. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her slate blue eyes cast downward, Rhomylly Forbes evokes a rich, crisp sound […]

Gulf Coast Disaster Questions Keep Surfacing

By Curtis K. Shelburne As daily we are seeing more ramifications of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast, new dimensions of the disaster continue to impress themselves on our minds.   It is very hard to wrap your mind around such widespread devastation, but the pictures and sound-bytes just keep pouring in. Water everywhere. Wrecked […]

The selling of spirituality misleads people

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Our recent trip to Sedona, Ariz., brought us in touch with one of the most striking landscapes I have ever encountered. The red rock formations that we were able to do a little hiking among, the spectacular views that we were treated to, and the sensory overload on the beauty […]

Women’s conference offers spiritual journey

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer In 1963, an 11-year-old girl stood on the front steps of her Corpus Christi home and cried, clutching her Chihuahua. She had just witnessed her father strangle her mother to death and then fire a 32-caliber bullet into his head. She and her siblings were put in separate foster […]

Rigid thought creates fear

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist This column has occasionally taken a stand against rigidity of thought and viewpoint, based on the belief this is not the way God has designed us as human beings to live our lives. In other words, I try to find a balance between our own spiritual journey and those who have […]

Meditation more than a practice of the ’70s

By Clyde Davis, columnist This column deliberately stayed away from anything spiritually focused during the recent Lenten/Easter season. It wasn’t that I didn’t see this as vital. It was simply that, especially with the Friday religious pages’ focus, it seemed that there would be enough coverage for the spiritual aspect of life — that is, […]

Contentement can be found in the kingdom

Judy Brandon Weaver was our dachshund who died just last year and had been a part of our family since he was 6 weeks old. Some might have characterized Weaver as docile and easy going. He seemed that way because his days were spent sleeping and looking out the front window. Rarely did his expression […]

Christianity needs a proper focal point

By Judy Brandon Memphis, Tenn., holds fond memories for me. During my childhood, our family made many visits to relatives who lived in the area. So it was during my early years that I began to develop an affinity for the city of Memphis. In fact, that was carried through to years later when Charlie […]