Wednesday, April 28, 2027

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This is lovely. Prominent religious leaders from various faiths call on us to make friends with followers of religious beliefs different from our own.

Monday, June 12, 2017

“The ego is not a thing. The ego is a circular pattern of thinking.”

Sunday, June 11, 2017

"Modern-day fundamentalist evangelical Christians in the U.S. simply assume that Christianity is primarily concerned with who gets to go to Heaven, and that it is normal for Christians to assert that their way–and only their way–is the right way, while every other religion is deficient or wrong.  Ironically, the only other world religion that has this same extreme exclusivistic tendency is radical Islam."

--Daniel P. Coleman, Am I a Christian?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

“When you realize you’re a verb, life is easier.”


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Speculation on the Mount by John McNamee

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

“Holiness is God’s ability to confront evil without being defiled. God’s holiness does not require him to keep evil at arm’s length. God’s holiness enables Him to take the wicked in His arms and transform them. God is never in danger of being defiled. No evil can alter His love, for His gracious character is beyond corruption. This is what it means to say God is holy—God’s love is incorruptible. Holiness and love are not competing commitments. God is love. His love endures forever. This enduring love is what makes God holy. No manner of evil done to us or by us can separate us from this love. God transforms His morally imperfect children through the power of His perfect love. It is our experience of this love that inspires us to such perfection. Jesus said, ‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect’ (Matt. 5:48). If this verse was a command for moral perfection, our cause is hopeless. Fortunately, this admonition follows a command to ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’ (Matt. 5:44). Perfection is demonstrated not by moral purity, but by extravagant love. We are like God not when we are pure, but when we are loving and gracious.”
--Philip Gulley and James Mulholland, If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Sunday, June 04, 2017

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.

— Thomas Merton

Friday, June 02, 2017

"How lovely would it be to treat one’s spiritual path like this: an awareness that the path is open, the path is everywhere, the path is the destination, and that what matters is to walk the path, be on the path. It is true, as the sages say, a journey of a thousand steps begins with one step."

--Omid Safi, The Sacred Path is the One We're On

Thursday, June 01, 2017

"I try to be circumspect about weighing in on news events, but this Kathy Griffin thing has me intrigued from a theological perspective."

Continued at:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"The entire purpose of our Lord’s death was not to redeem us from sins, or for any other reason, but solely in order that the world might become aware of the love which God has for creation. Had all this astounding affair taken place solely for the purpose of the forgiveness of sin, it would have been sufficient to redeem us by some other means."
--Isaac the Syrian, Bishop of Nineveh, 7th century

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The millions upon millions who have died in the folly of war (most of them were non-combatants or otherwise had no choice about participating). The lives destroyed, the immeasurable suffering that echoes down through generations, the self-perpetuating cycle of evil. Though we try to dress it up in flags and parades and rituals, war is not noble or honorable. It is humanity at our very worst. That is what I remember today.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

"Simply put, enlightenment is the ability to accept the world exactly as it is, while simultaneously working to make it better. I like this definition because it’s extremely practical and has applications in everyday life."

--Alex Chong Do Thompson, The Reality is that Enlightenment is Simple, but My Ego Wants it to be Hard

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love."


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Why wait so long to enjoy the fruits of a fully awakened life? Shouldn’t we be living this way for as long as is possible, despite the constraints imposed by mortgages and college fees and all the drudgery of convention that surrounds us? I’ve always thought so, and not just for personal reasons, though it’s certainly more fulfilling—and more fun—to live a life that is deep instead of shallow. I think it also matters politically, because of enormous importance in the struggle for social change. This may sound odd given the common image of mystics as people who are removed from the world, but I’m convinced that spiritual experience is one of the keys to the radical transformation of society."

--Michael Edwards, The Mysticism of Wide Open Eyes

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
--Blaise Pascal

Sunday, May 21, 2017

"One of the things we will discuss is the purchase of lots of beautiful military equipment because nobody makes it like the United States,” Donald Trump said regarding his visit to Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. has been the biggest arms dealer in the world for a long time. Trump is just continuing the very lucrative national business of turning plowshares into swords.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control."

--Jack Kornfield

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"When you tell people the world is improving, they often look at you like you're either naive or crazy. But it's true. And once you understand it, you start to see the world differently. If you think things are getting better, then you want to know what’s working so you can accelerate the progress and spread it to more people and places. It doesn’t mean you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be solved, and you’re moved to act on that belief. This is the core of my worldview."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"As long as there is a lack of inner discipline that brings calmness of mind, no matter what external facilities or conditions you have, they will never give you the feeling of joy and happiness that you are seeking.  On the other hand, if you possess this inner quality, a calmness of mind, a degree of stability, within, then even if you lack various external facilities that you would normally consider necessary for happiness, it is still possible to live a happy and joyful life."

--The Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

"We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see."

– Zen Saying

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Just as a wave on the ocean is what the ocean is doing, you are what God is doing."
--Wayne Dyer

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Monday, May 08, 2017

"There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning."

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Saturday, May 06, 2017

"We are in touch with the highest spirit in ourselves, we too are a Buddha, filled with the Holy Spirit, and we become very tolerant, very open, very deep, and very understanding."

--Thich Nhat Hanh