Category Archives: Spiritual Progress

Jailhouse Jesus

JAILHOUSE JESUS Spiritual progress, not perfection by Charles McKelvy Which Jesus speaks to you? Squeaky, clean baby Jesus from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby? Lily-white, gated-community, Protestant Jesus? Sissified Jesus in the cleaned and pressed duds beholding the … Continue reading

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It is by forgiving . . .

RADICAL FORGIVENESS A true tale of forgiveness by Charles McKelvy As a teenager in a small European country in the 1930s, the young man dreamed of emigrating to the United States of America—the home of the free and land of … Continue reading

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Repeat Offender

(Editor’s Note: This article appears in the current issue of THE CATHOLIC LEADER Magazine.  This is why I am a repeat offender.) CONCRETE KNEELERS by Charles McKelvy When at Saint Dismas, do as the regulars do: kneel on the concrete … Continue reading

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Spiritual Direction

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Higher Power

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Red October

WHAT—ME WORRY? LESSON LEARNED by Charles McKelvy When I was all of 12 and a student in Mrs. Harrington’s 6th grade class at Alice L. Barnard Elementary School in Chicago, I was convinced beyond all reasonable doubt that I was … Continue reading

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Higher Power

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