Spirituality In Everyday Life

Norris Burkes

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

BookCoverPreview.do 894×666 pixels 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.

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Recent Columns From Norris Burkes

Dec 02, 2022

By Norris Burkes Dec 4, 2022 (3) During my years working as a chaplain for Sutter Medical Center in downtown Sacramento, I usually flew solo when making my patient visits. While I was occasionally interrupted by a well-meaning staff member offering an unsolicited prayer, or even an overambitious clergy pressing his or her theology, I […]

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Nov 25, 2022

By Norris Burkes Nov 27 2022 I hope you saw the signs. I trust you are ready. Sunday is the first day of Advent.  Yes, it’s still November, but all the signs point to the coming of Christmas. Retail saw it coming but doesn’t respect the start date. Advent is all about reading the signs. […]

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Nov 18, 2022

By Norris Burkes, Nov 20, 2022 First, comes Halloween. Then we have the election season. Coincidence? I think not. Seriously, some of the candidates characterized the state of our nation in absolutely ghoulish terms. It’s as if they wanted us to believe that electing their opponent would bring the Zombie Apocalypse. Wow. If that’s true, […]

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Nov 11, 2022

By Norris Burkes Nov 13 2022 If you’re a military veteran, you’ve likely met an Airman Snuffy. “Snuffy” is a condescending term that military instructors use to describe the hapless, clueless or lazy recruit who’s constantly on the verge of trouble. The name comes from a long-running comic strip, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. Snuffy is […]

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