Sick Cats, Grumpy Grandmothers, and Unanswered Prayers

It’s so easy to get cynical in this world, because we all get disappointed again and again. But in those few minutes while we’re kneeling, everything seems possible. Read more

The Surprising Spiritual Mecca of Crestone, Colorado

I know of no other small town in the world with as many spiritual sites of so many varied traditions as Crestone, Colorado. This small town of 150 is surrounded by more than two dozen ashrams, monasteries, stupas, temples, retreat centers, stupas, labyrinths, and other sacred landmarks. Read more

Recipes for a Sacred Life

Whether she’s drawing inspiration from the Dalai Lama, her mom, or her Polish neighbor on Long Island, Rivvy Neshama’s Recipes for a Sacred Life is like sitting down with a good friend to hear stories filled with life, love and wisdom. Read more

With the God Mithras at Carnuntum

At Carnuntum, an attraction on the border between Austria and Slovakia, I encountered the most amazing archeological site I’ve ever visited. The highlight was a Mithraeum dedicated to the worship of the god Mithras. Read more

In Vienna, A Tale of Two Churches

Two Vienna churches, Karlskirche and the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, gave me insights into the power of holy places to move and inspire us Read more

Sunlight and Shadows in Vienna’s City of the Dead

The Central Cemetery in Vienna is one of the best graveyards in the world—a place to reflect on the nature of life and death as well as learn about the history of this multi-ethnic, multi-faith city. Read more

Divine Goodness, Channeled Through Blackberry Jam

Our blackberry jam contains the deep, purply-red essence of summer—and provides fodder for some philosophical reflections as the pectin is stirred on the stove. Read more

Learning From Aging

We all are born, and we all will die. While there are many variations in how the end arrives, usually death comes first to our parents, and this process gives them one last chance to teach us some important life lessons. Read more

The Pilgrim Journey

Why would anyone brave bedbugs, robbers, shipwrecks and other hazards to go on pilgrimage? James Harpur’s new book explores the history of pilgrimage through the ages. Read more

A School for the Soul: Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation

In Albuquerque, the Center for Action and Contemplation is home to the ecumenical ministry of Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest and author. Read more

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