Si’ahl and Non-violence

The Dawes Act and subsequent legislation may have benefitted white settlers, but it provided the framework that reduced many proud Native American tribes and their holy traditions to poverty and disrespect. In honor of Si’ahl’s stand on non-violence, tVM is proud to print the ‘Prayer to the Four Directions’ attributed to Chief Seattle with the …

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In August 2011, we posted an item that featured Dr. Martin Luther King.  As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today in his honor, I wanted to re-post an important part of the original item from August 2011 that emphasizes each man’s obligation to act now and do the right thing. I do not …

Clarence Oddbody on Each Man’s Life

As Tom Shadyac professes in his film “I AM:”  we are all connected.  Each person on this planet is connected to every other man, woman and child, and it goes deeper still … all of creation is connected.  Our connectivity mandates that we make good choices because even the least of our actions affects the …

Let There Be Peace on Earth

God created the universe for Creation to enjoy, not destroy. tVM As the Christian world prepares to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we take note of the fact that — according to Wars in the World.com updated November 29, 20011 — 56 countries on planet Earth are engaged in conflict. …

Treating our Children with Dignity

Keeping in mind that every post on this blog is intended to make us better, I want to share a piece by C.S. Lewis that I read several months ago that is worth your consideration.  “We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the rising generation,” Mr. Lewis wrote in his book The Four …

Vision Quest, part II: Three Notable Vision Quests

The population of the world is approximately 7 billion, and nearly 60% of all men, women and children on this planet claim to practice one of these three religions: Christianity     2.1 billion Islam              1.5 billion Buddhism        376 million Common among these three religions is …

Once an Eagle …

The eagle wins! After several polls and multiple questions, our readers and subscribers — by no wide margin, but close enough to claim victory — have chosen.  If God allowed us to return to earth as a creature other than man, we would return as eagles!  That is certainly as good a choice as any. …

The Sign of Peace

I practice Catholicism because it is right for me.  As we approach the International Day of Peace, I cannot help but think of a practice I enthusiastically perform each day I attend Mass at the Lady of the Desert Chapel at the Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks. Shortly after the congregation prays “The Lord’s …

International Day of Peace

This Wednesday, September 21, 2011 is the International Day of Peace.  First celebrated in September 1982, the United Nations declared September 21st as the official International Day of Peace in 2002.  Sadly, I would wager that most of us are not even aware of this event. Peace means more than the absence of war.  Peace …