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Religion

  • Awareness deepens lifelong learning

     Centers for lifelong learning have popped up everywhere. Designated in a straightforward manner or ensconced in “senior centers,” opportunities to broaden and deepen one’s life experience are both available and affordable. Some offer courses without charge. Others bear a minimal fee. It appears living longer has evoked a desire to live more deeply. We really aren’t going to get into heaven in a rocking chair!

  • There is pain and power in deciding

     Decision-making is, at once, the most difficult and the most liberating of all human activities. Even the most forthright and determined persons feel the unique suffering involved in making a choice. We all know each “yes” we pronounce commits us to a “no” as well. Every choice has a consequence.

  • Love is a four-letter word

    Very often, when we officiate at weddings, Hubby Dear will offer a short message for bride, groom, and participants. He always gains their attention with this opening remark: “Love is a four-letter word.”You can imagine the straightened backs and curious glances as folks wonder what is coming next.

    It’s easy to understand the reaction to what might be considered a bizarre statement, especially one made in the context of a marriage ceremony.

  • There’s something about a man and his dog that evokes smiles and defies sorrows
  • Enter the coming together of two worlds

     I read an interesting article by Jordan Denari, a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, where she works for the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia. The piece expanded on the confluence of two worlds: the world of Christianity, specifically the spirituality of St. Ignatius, and that of Islam. As Denari noted, “It’s a special time in the Islamic world, and in the Ignatian world, too.”For that matter, it is a special time for all of us.

  • What do we do when we experience a miracle?

    It’s a miracle! That’s all there is to it. It’s just a miracle! Have you ever said, or heard, those words? Probably each of us has experienced or been witness to some sort of extraordinary happening that defied human explanation and caused us to ponder the presence of the Almighty in our lives. We see tornadoes touch down, destroy a whole town, but leave one house intact. It’s a miracle, we say.

  • Living the Beatitudes is not for the faint of heart

    Whether we find our home on the mountaintops of life or on the plains of ordinary stuff, we receive the same message. Whether we are actively prestigious in our nation’s governmental system or arduously putting one step in front of another to meet daily challenges, the message is repeated. Blessed are the peacemakers. Happy are the peacemakers. Holy are the peacemakers.

  • A divine question that begs human response

     Denominations, which use the Revised Common Lectionary, have reached the end of a long, post-Easter cycle of readings from the Johannine community. Among the many questions posed by John’s followers is one that echoes through the ages: “Do you love me?” is the divine, age-old, everlasting, soulful question presented to Simon Peter by Jesus.

     

  • It’s important to be people who remember
  • What do you do when you always feel like a stranger?

     Sometimes, we act and live in ways that evoke odd feelings. Sometimes, living seems to be nothing more or less than a job. Sometimes, we find ourselves living in a part-time existence. We are part-time parents, part-time siblings, part-time offspring, part-time employees, part-time grandparents. With a degree of anguish, we try to isolate one from the other, to be wholly one or the other. It doesn’t work. The choice of one in isolation from another results in our feeling torn, estranged, weird, and incredibly sad.