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Religion

  • Longing for leadership is a holy and wholesome yearning

     

     

  • Who is my neighbor?

     When I hear talk of building walls to keep people away, to keep them out of our workplaces, schools, country, our very hearts and lives, I also hear a question posed in Scripture. It’s a familiar story told by the Lukan community in the gospel proclaimed in many churches. It’s the tale of a scholar of the law who stood tall with a provocative query. “Teacher,” he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

  • Breaking barriers is exciting work
  • It’s a scandal when security becomes a stumbling block

     A recent message from Richard Rohr, OFM, caught my attention and subsequently my heart. It continues to offer light and insight into the dilemma we humans face as we live in a world that allows evil to flourish because people remain scandalously and silently secure in their own little locale.

  • Suffering is not easily endured but it pulses with life

     Nobody wants to suffer. Nobody likes it, even if it is inevitable and must be endured. We’d much rather sing a happy tune, wear a smiling face, and pretend there is no ache in our hearts and lives. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves and truthful with our reflection on life, suffering is always present in one form or another.

  • To seek solitude is to know serenity

    Perhaps the pace of the last few weeks has had its effect on me. Whenever I find myself racing from one event to another, one experience to another, my spirit feels the tug of stressfulness. It’s a good thing because I am once again led into the reality that life is more than a rush into activity. I discover anew … and will continue to do so, I am sure … the need for solitude as a means of entry into serenity.

  • God’s politics trump all others

     I know, I know … ‘trump” is a loaded word these days. Whatever one’s affiliation might be, in life’s game folks are always looking for a trump card to hold. This holds true in religious circles as well as political ones. Heated debates derive from our individual and communal desires to be right, inerrant and accurate in our facts and our faith. However, to do so also carries both a challenge and a consequence: CHANGE! In turn, change demands continued conversation, communication, and charity.

  • Scammers prey on social insecurity

     

     

    What impels a religion columnist to write about scammers and their nefarious occupation? It’s a good question that commands investigation and response. As I was pondering both query and reply, an interesting item was announced during the nightly news. The story involved the growing number of scams being perpetrated, particularly on senior citizens. Obviously this is both a disturbing reality and one that causes concern about the state of our union as a nation, a people, specifically a people of God.

  • The value of renewability

     Change comes with a high cost for most people. Echoes of “we never did it this way” or “we always did it this way” are loud, long and rarely laudable. I can remember the angst my Sicilian mother-in-law felt when I failed to ask her advice regarding the “proper” way to make spaghetti sauce. My own Neapolitan mother was probably equally miffed, though she dared not show it, when she discovered I didn’t follow her recipe either!

  • Courage is crucial if change is to occur