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 valid… Within the poverty and violence of Cité Soleil, a courageous group of young men …

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 Peter explains, can make pain and suffering meaningful; only love can redeem us. Today’s Readings …

Mitakuye Oyasin

I first encountered the Lakota phrase ‘Mitakuye Oyasin’ as I planned for a vision quest in the summer of 2012. In preparation, I used Sister Marie Therese Archambault’s A Retreat with Black Elk, Living in the Sacred Hoop as my guidebook.  Since that time, we conclude many posts on this website with that sacred phrase, …