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Uselessness and Benefitting Others

Today’s post is by Shirin McArthur I recently read a Buddhist story, shared by Andō, a Zen poet I follow online, about The Useless Tree. In a nutshell (!), the story is that an oak tree grew so twisted and gnarly that its wood was not considered useful, so it was not disturbed. The point […]

September 09, 2018 by Shirin McArthur
Categories: Community, Contemplation in Action, and Contemplative Living. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Ordinary Life, Extraordinary Grace

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Sometimes an ordinary event becomes an extraordinary grace. That happened to me recently, and I’m grateful. Horrible headlines, day after day, overwhelm. I couldn’t finish reading an article about the violence and abuse that drove Honduran families to risk everything and take a chance on making it to […]

Mr. Rogers: Restoring the World to Wholeness One Neighbor at a Time

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen When my oldest child was three, friends with a son about the same age asked how I liked Sesame Street. I admitted that neither I nor my daughter had seen it. We rarely turned on the television, but after hearing other young parents extolling the show’s merits, I […]

August 08, 2018 by Mary van Balen 1 Comment
Categories: Community, Contemplation in Action, and Contemplative Living. Tags: Mr. Rogers and tikkun olam. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Open-Hearted in the Darkness

Today’s post is by Sarah-Kate Fishback In both joy and pain, love is boundless. Love is open, allowing our hearts to be touched and moved by what exists. Love is honest, willing to be present to life just as it is, in all its beauty and ugliness. True love is not blind at all; it […]

Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?

~John Wesley

Coming Home

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins I have been pondering Home. Where is Home, what is Home? This led me back to the line in the Gospel of John:  “Make your home in me, as I make my home in you.” Ah yes, that is the deep knowing within me. The Divine Mystery, the Beloved, […]

July 07, 2018 by Patience Robbins
Categories: Community, Contemplation in Action, Contemplative Living, and Self Compassion. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Spiritual Intimacy: The Power of Group Spiritual Direction

Today’s post is by Tom Adams There is no deeper intimacy than hearts united in a desire to be with God and each other in prayer. Group spiritual direction is for me a unique and no-fail opportunity to experience that intimacy and to grow in love. The love that develops among strangers in group spiritual […]

The spiritual life is not taught, but caught. You get it through contagion.

~Evelyn Underhill

Three Simple Gifts

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Recently I attended the Spiritual Director’s International Conference in St. Louis. The keynote speakers are well-known in the area of spirituality, and I looked forward to the breakout sessions, especially one on storytelling. To top it off, travel was a road trip with a good friend filled with […]

Deep Diving

Article by Joan Paddock Maxwell (June 2018 eNews) Over the years I’ve spent about two hundred hours scuba diving. One of the many fascinating parts of the scuba experience is the increasing quiet you encounter as you go further below the ocean’s surface. I used to love to swim down to one hundred feet and […]