Category Archives: Spirit

Spiritual Understanding

In a December 2017 interview with Kozo Hattori and Pavithra Mehta from, Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer said, “A spiritual understanding not practiced under fire is without value.”  This is as profound a statement of spirituality as I have heard.  … Continue reading

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In a recent “Listen Well” offering, author, playwright and essayist Margaret Dulaney referenced the Irish mystic, Lorna Byrne.  Unfamiliar with Lorna Byrne, I did some research which quickly grabbed my attention.  I purchased her first book Angels in My Hair … Continue reading

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Education: Path to a Better World

Eighteen months ago, Gail Rongen and I embarked on a direct giving program in Haiti.  Direct giving is risky business and it requires trust.  We accept the risk because we trust the young Haitians we work with.  Our choice is … Continue reading

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Expressing Love and Joy

We woke up this April morning to a blizzard.  It is as beautiful as it is surprising.  After walking the dogs for their morning constitutions, I shoveled the driveway and cleared the walkway to the house – more for the … Continue reading

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Who Is Your Neighbor?

Who is your neighbor?  No, I’m not asking the question from a biblical perspective.  I am asking the question from a strictly geographic perspective.  Who is the person who lives in the house or perhaps apartment next to your house … Continue reading

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The Three Evils of Society

Every third Monday of January – a day close to his birthday – we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Every year since 2013 on that day, I post Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”  In it, he says, … Continue reading

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Empty Tomb

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Mystical Suffering

Of the many ways I could describe the events of this day those thousands of years ago, I choose to call it mystical suffering.  I do not believe we were created to suffer, but bad choices made by good men … Continue reading

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Foot Washing

In his Gospel, the evangelist John describes a poignant scene as Jesus celebrates his final Passover meal. Jesus… got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  Then he poured water into a … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: The Marks of Love

When St Francis received the stigmata in 1224, he received not only the marks of the cross on his body but, far more importantly, he received the marks of the cross made by love in his heart. Only love, Fr … Continue reading

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