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Religion

  • Who you are is good enough

     Frequently, it boggles the mind to read about folks who are philanthropists. Once millionaires, now billionaires, they are generous individuals whose names are emblazoned on college buildings and remembered as being compassionate, caring, and charitable. They find causes to embrace and encourage others to join them.

  • The ground of love and truth is both terrifying and tender

     

     

    By osmosis, since Hubby Dear is a Merton fan and follower, I have become equally intrigued by a monk who was a man for all seasons. So, I jumped at the opportunity to review “The Ground of Love and Truth, Reflections on Thomas Merton’s Relationship with the Woman Known as ‘M’” by Suzanne Zuercher, O.S.B.

  • To read spiritual books is also to read books spiritually

     Good people, holy people of all ages and in all faiths, usually spend considerable time in prayer. They do their devotionals, or finger their beads, or say rosaries or center themselves in meditation. They attend worship services, listen to sermons, share hospitality or fellowship. They read inspirational books and pamphlets, participate in Bible studies or religiously oriented meetings and workshops. They also encourage others to follow suit, to join them in a search for God.

  • We live by standards … not opinions
  • Aching hearts need time and remembrance for healing

     The phone rang on a Sunday morning. I grabbed my cup of coffee, thinking it would be a daughter calling to share news, views and gulps of laughter as we typically do on weekends. I was correct, to a degree. However, the news to be shared would not evoke laughter. My daughter phoned to tell me that her sister, my eldest daughter, had died earlier that morning.

  • Finding God in the reality of television

     

     

    Hubby Dear teases me about my television viewing. He finds my choices both amusing and confusing. In a way, so do I. Upon reflection, however, there does seem to be a method to all my madness. There are reasons for my options.

  • What does freedom look like? Who bears the face of freedom?

     In the past number of weeks, the media have called our attention to a variety of atrocities. Heading the list is the mass kidnapping of nearly 300 young Nigerian schoolgirls by the militant Islamic Boko Haram. Not far behind are the multiple incidents of abuse and murders seen both locally and nationally.

    TIME magazine recently featured articles on date rape, saying America’s campuses are dangerous places for young women. One college town even earned the dubious honor of being named America’s Rape Capital.

  • How I learned the power of surrendering

     I have always had a problem with the concept — more importantly, the reality — of surrendering. It evoked feelings of inadequacy, loss of control, enslavement and acquiescence to the power of another person or situation. I did not like it — not one bit! Searching the dictionary or thesaurus only added to the upset. Words like yield, concede, capitulate, crumble, cave-in, throw in the towel and forfeit were offered as definitions. None of them eased my sense that abandonment would be wrenching.

  • Naming the 10 most influential people in my life
  • The powerful impact of the first Pentecost can be seen today

     Denominations that use the Revised Common Lectionary and follow the church’s liturgical year will have celebrated the Feast of Pentecost as part of the conclusion of the Easter season. Charismatic communities embrace the power of the Holy Spirit throughout the year. Expressed in religious terms or not, believers and unbelievers alike have an affinity for the spiritual.