There are two ways to be holy.
There are people who labor all day in the worst of conditions, for instance, for the neediest people in the world. Other people love them for it. Call them saints; call them courageous; call them the “salt of the earth.” Indeed they are. Then there are other people who see the conditions in which the neediest people in the world are left to live and they work to see that those conditions are changed. And people denounce them for it. Call them unrealistic. Call them enablers. Call them unfaithful to their country—and even to their church. Continue reading “Uncommon Generosity, Uncommon Courage …”
The season premiere of the two-time Emmy award-winning daytime series Super Soul Sunday, featuring Oprah’s inspirational interviews with today’s top thinkers, visionaries and spiritual leaders, returns with all-new episodes on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT/ET on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) featuring Fr. Richard Rohr! Tune in this season for conversations with guests like Paralympian Amy Purdy, Rob Bell, Richard Rohr, Joan Chittister, Jon Kabat-Zinn and best-selling author Michael Pollan. Continue reading “Richard Rohr appearing on ‘Super Soul Sunday’ …”
What is giving me life?
What is saving my life?
What does it mean to be human?
— Barbara Brown Taylor (adapted from Super Soul Sunday Conversation with Oprah Winfrey, Season 5, Episode 522 | Aired on 11/09/14)
This Is Your Life
I was in Europe leading a retreat in a lush vineyard on an Italian hillside. Each morning the men and women attending the retreat gathered outside on the grass in a circle and repeated the simple words that a young man was teaching: Continue reading “Questions That Have No Right to Go Away (New Year’s Meditation) …”
If you have one hour of air
and many hours to go,
you must breathe slowly. Continue reading “Freefall …”
Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Continue reading “Fear Is Good: The War of Art …”
I wrote the following parenting manifesto because I need it. Steve and I need it. Putting down the measuring stick in a culture that uses acquisitions and accomplishments to assess worth is not easy. I use the manifesto as a touchstone, a prayer, and a meditation when I’m wrestling with vulnerability or when I’ve got that “never enough” fear. It reminds me of a finding that changed and probably saved my life: Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.
— Brené Brown (via Huffington Post) Continue reading “The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto …”
I belong to a generation that has often felt abandoned by God and betrayed by mankind. And yet, I believe that we must not give up on either. … We must choose between the violence of adults and the smiles of children. Between the ugliness of hate and the will to oppose it. Between inflicting suffering and humiliation on our fellow man and offering him the solidarity and hope he deserves. Or not. I know—I speak from experience—that even in darkness it is possible to create light and encourage compassion. … There it is. I still believe in man in spite of man.
— Elie Wiesel from Open Heart
Continue reading “That Even In Darkness It Is Possible To Create Light …”