Robert M. Hutchins on Unread Books

"To put an end to the spirit of inquiry that has characterized the West it is not necessary to burn the books. All we have to do is to leave them unread for a few generations." — Robert M. Hutchins, The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Education … [Read more...]

Guidelines for Spiritual Autobiography

Phil Foster gave me the following document. What a splendid set of questions! This list will probably appear in his forthcoming book. Meanwhile, Phil gave me permission to post the list here so that readers of this journal might join with me in pondering over the forces and circumstances that shape one's spiritual journey. Happy musing! … [Read more...]

Richard Rohr on Karl Rahner

"I am told that Karl Rahner, the German Jesuit theologian who was an expert at Vatican II, concluded toward the end of his life that there were two major groups of people in the world - those who want certitude and those who want understanding. I would very much agree with that, and just add that those two groups have a very hard time understanding one another!" —Richard Rohr, Beyond 'Certitude and Order', Sojourners Magazine, March 2005 … [Read more...]

A Friend’s Advice

I think the best explanation of why you are following your path is to live it and not point out the failings of other paths. — Jill Marsh Knous (via email) … [Read more...]

An Irish Prayer

I learned this from Charles, my friend and Irish speaker:Go raibh mé cróga mar tharbh. Go raibh mé caoin mar uain. Go raibh mé eagnaí mar bradán.Beannacht ar mo mhuintir. Beannacht ar mo chairde. Beannacht ar mo chuid oibre.May I be as brave as a bull. May I be as gentle as a lamb. May I be as wise as a salmon.Blessing upon my kindred. Blessing upon my friends. Blessing upon my portion of work. … [Read more...]

Eleanor Roosevelt on Inferiority

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." —Eleanor Roosevelt … [Read more...]

Pope John Paul II on Love

"Love converts hearts and gives peace." — Pope John Paul II's final message to the church … [Read more...]