Deep spiritual roots can bring stability

When we added on to our house about three years ago, we had to move an aspen in our yard. With the help of a giant machine, we moved the tree and hoped for the best. The first few weeks, we were worried about the aspen’s ability to withstand the transplant. At 20 feet tall, […]

Religion column: Look for encouragement from men of Bible

This week, the focus is on some men of the Bible who no doubt realized that God was the source of their spiritual sustenance. Their lives as well as the women’s lives in last week’s column reveal that even the smallest little happening in a day can be the result of a Holy God meeting […]

Musician remembered for faith, strength

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Courtesy photo Kevin Gardels on the air during one of his radio programs. Benna Sayyed Kevin Gardels called on his spiritual strength to deal with his fierce battle against cancer, family members said. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer known as primary myelofibrosis in September 2002, the Portales musician’s battle lasted nearly a decade. […]

Woman’s spiritual journey an inspiration

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My sister Susie sent me this e-mail last Sunday. It is worth reading in the original form and I can add nothing to it. She gave me her permission to share it with you. Dear Judy, Today I heard one of the most inspirational women I have ever encountered. When I […]

Spiritual growth not simple, easy

Curtis Shelburne DO YOU WANT YOUR CHURCH TO GROW SPIRITUALLY?” queried an item in my e-mail in-box today. I can be a little contrarian, and since the only option given for me to click on was a “Yes,” my first reaction was, “No, not really, but thanks.” Well, duh! Aside from the fact that it’s […]

Religion calendar — Sept. 17

Friday Spiritual Truth and Prayer Seminar — 6 p.m. on Sept. 24, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Nationally renowned speakers, John Martignoni and Tim Staples. $10 for non-members of the parish. Information: 575-317-8942 Saturday Coffee House Inter-denominational concert — 7 p.m., First Methodist Church on Sycamore Street. Every third Saturday of the month. Karaoke offered. Bring […]

Paul’s writings set trend for spiritual fashion

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Some weeks back I was reading a previewabout New York City fashion shows. I found out what’s anticipated to be in and what’s out for the up coming season. I saw what’s cool and what’s hot for the women’s wear for this next season.I read about lipstick, flowers pinned in […]

Profits don’t justify fear

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist There it is, big as life and twice as ugly, on my daily blurb from an organization called Beliefnet. Beliefnet, in general, caters via email announcements to the broad Christian community, and even to those who are seeking a spiritual center and exploring Christianity — in other words, those who […]

Clovis holds off Hobbs

Jaden Isler hit three free throws in the final minute as Clovis held on for a 74-73 win over Hobbs on Saturday in the boys District 4-5A tournament championship game. Clovis beat Hobbs for the second time in three meetings in a matchup between the state’s top two ranked teams in 5A. As district champions, […]

War, spirituality not withstanding

By Clyde Davis, Local Columnist We don’t usually get overtly spiritual in this column; more often than not, the spirituality is covert. Today, however, moves us in a different direction. The spiritual piece is overt, though it is not specific. I want us to think about the common ground that undergirds many faith perspectives. To […]

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 […]