Spirituality In Everyday Life
As a military and hospital chaplain, I routinely observe the stories of faith in the everyday lives of real people. My site tells those faith stories in a humorous, hope-filled, and honest way. I believe you will find them inspiring and potentially life-changing. Most of all, I believe the insight within these stories will connect with your story in a meaningful way. Enjoy!
Thriving Beyond Surviving
As a hospital and military Chaplain Norris Burkes has seen things he must never tell. Yet as a syndicated columnist in 38 secular newspapers around the country, he has found ways to share shades of the sacred with his readers.
This book compiles ten years of newspaper columns that takes you into the military battlefield as well as the trauma rooms of major hospitals.
Recent Columns From Norris Burkes
Dec 25 2016 by Norris Burkes This Christmas, if you want to uncover the tradition of St. Nicholas, I suggest you look toward the town of Demere, Turkey. After all, that’s where this fourth-century Episcopal saint got his start. I visited Demere in 1998 while I was stationed in Izmir, Turkey, as an Air Force [...][Read More]
Dec 18 2016 One of my favorite children’s books is “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff. The book, illustrated by Felicia Bond, is a circular story of comical events that begin when a boy gives a mouse a cookie. In 1989, my wife, Becky, and I shared Christmas cookies with a [...][Read More]
Dec 11, 2016 Eleven years ago, I was the chaplain for Women and Children at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., where I met a couple that helped me better understand the concept of interfaith. In fact, you might say that Miguel and Bahar Torrente are married to the idea of interfaith. Bahar is a [...][Read More]
Dec 2 2016 By Norris Burkes As you might imagine, offering prayers for patients is part of my daily routine as a healthcare chaplain. When they accept my offer, I ask if they’d rather me pray aloud at the moment or pray for them silently later. I allow this option so as to not put [...][Read More]