The last words a person says before dying are cherished by those who care for him or her. They are always remembered and reflect upon, since they reveal what that individual considered to be truly important. During someone’s final moments, the little time and energy left are dedicated to addressing what is most precious in […]
Author Archive: Ken Kniepmann
Ken is the Executive Director for the John Paul II Healing Center, based in Tallahassee, FL. He is a frequent speaker at Center events and his extensive ministry experience includes teaching apologetics, retreat presenter and volunteer youth ministry. Ken holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling, both from St. Louis University.
Ken has been married for more than 25 years to his wife Sharon. They have two children.
Heading south from Orlando to Yeehaw Junction, the Florida Turnpike traverses a vast stretch of real estate inhabited almost exclusively by alligators, herons, snakes, and fish. It’s a lengthy forty-seven miles across the swamp without a single exit. Last Thursday, traveling to south Florida to speak at a men’s conference, I found myself stuck in […]
Pride is something most of us understand to a certain extent. Or, at the very least, we think we know what it looks like when we see it. Whether seen in business leaders, politicians, celebrities, or neighbors, there is a type of pride that almost all of us recognize. You can characterize it as bombastic, […]
Since my first encounter with Ignatian Spirituality years ago, I have spent a lot time both intrigued and mystified by it. As is often the case with Catholic prayers, much of the material explaining these spiritual exercises retain the language originally used by Ignatius. While this may be appreciated by those who already understand Ignatius […]
We all have our own thoughts about the season preceding Christmas. Some of these thoughts might be grounded in solid theological understanding, after all, it is the beginning of the Church year. Others might be more pedestrian than that, since Advent inhabits the same calendar space as the Christmas shopping season. Our own sentimental reflections […]
“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King….” -BEAVER in ‘The Lion, the Witch and […]
When I lived in the Midwest, Fall was the time when my wife and I headed to the local orchard to pick apples. We would arrive at the orchard and head immediately to the apple trees. We would never, ever, head for the peach or cherry trees. Obviously, since apples come from apple trees, going to the […]
“African Christianity puts a powerful stress on the miraculous, on eternal life, on the active providence of God, on healing grace, and on the divinity of Jesus… The reason a supernaturally oriented Christianity grows is that it is congruent with the purposes of the Holy Spirit, and also that it presents something that the world […]
The world of Catholic spirituality is, in a word, immense. Contemplative, Ignatian, Dominican, Carmelite- you get the idea. Yet as I spent time looking for Catholic-based insight on a particular variant of spirituality, I was stunned at the lack of information. It would be an understatement to say that relevant, practical, and engaging material for […]
Though I am the father of two adopted children, I have long neglected considering the topic of adoption, and how all people are the adopted children of God, from a scriptural or theological perspective. Years ago, I remember I harbored a certain animosity toward God, thinking that I was somehow less than completely beloved by […]
The question of human suffering casts a long shadow on the human experience. If you talk to people long enough, they’ll get around to telling you that the issue of suffering has profoundly affected their spiritual journey. Either they’ll tell you it has brought them deep into the heart of God, or it has been […]
Have you ever seen this t-shirt logo: “The Church/Bible teaches it. I believe it. That settles it”? It is a rather pithy and provocative turn of phrase. More importantly, however, it reflects an utter misunderstanding in regards to what it takes to evangelize in a postmodern culture that is secular, humanistic and widely skeptical of […]
One of St. Augustine’s most oft-quoted writings, “…our hearts are restless until they can find rest in you.”, was penned after more than a decade of the great saints personal wrestlings, as he looked for meaning in his life. Those words are profoundly important, echoing the long teaching of the Church. The human ‘heart’, which […]