The Big Lie is that we are all alone: A Reflection on Psalm 3

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: Many are saying of me, “There is no salvation for him in God.” But you, O LORD, are my shield. – Psalm 3:3-4 Here’s part of my reflection: The psalmist’s adversaries wield words. They tell him his situation is hopeless. This is [Read More...]

Pope Francis and the little boy who wouldn’t leave the stage [VIDEO]

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Seriously, Pope Francis’ natural impulses just always seem to be humble, playful, loving. Watch this video of how he reacts to a little boy who won’t leave the stage, and check out his playful solution. [Read more...]

Hurricane Sandy, the relative nature of suffering, and the fragility of urban community

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A reflection, at the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in New York, on experiencing the downtown Manhattan blackout, on how I did not feel the deprivation that many experienced, and about the isolation and anonymity of city life which makes urban community fragile. [Read more...]

Russell Brand and reality-based dialogue [VIDEO]

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Russell Brand is basically my favorite public person on the planet. If Russell Brand were running for office, or starting a political organization in the States, despite the fact that I’d probably disagree with half his preferred policies, I’d vote for him or join it in a second. Watch this BBC clip and tell me what you think about his diagnosis, not his prescription. The fundamental thing about Brand that excites me — which I believe is rooted in or at least highly complementary with his mystical faith practice — is his insistence on basing his thinking and his dialogue in reality. Not “reason” but reality. Totally different thing. [Read more...]

The Welcoming Prayer

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I want to share with you a little contemplative tool with a big impact: the Welcoming Prayer. What’s your first impulse when you have a “bad” feeling? If you’re like me, it’s usually to suppress it. But we all know that doesn’t work. What you focus on sticks around. It becomes your entire focus. Worse than before. The Welcoming Prayer bring the centering practice practice of neither reacting to thoughts nor resisting them into stressful moments during the day. [Read more...]

Amanda Palmer nails what’s wrong with Sinead O’Conner’s comments on Miley Cyrus

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Sinead O’Conner “open letter” to Miley Cyrus bothered me with its assertion that the world is a dark dangerous place where women should hide their sexuality. The great Amanda Palmer puts words to my unease and as a currently-relevant female musician and a brilliant articulate pro-sex feminist, has a right and a standing that I could never have on the subject. [Read more...]

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake” — Pope Francis Calls for Day of Fasting

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There is no simple solution for the situation in Syria. Whether it is, as Fareed Zakaria says, an inevitable sectarian realignment period as the artificial structures of colonialism fall apart, or simply the drawn out violent death throws of a failing regime, the current civil war is ugly and brutal, and many many civilians are [Read More...]

Join Me at Wild Goose This Week! — spirituality, great music, social justice and amazing fellowship

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I’ll be presenting a session at Wild Goose near Asheville, North Carolina this Saturday on meditation for Christians. Join me and take part in this amazing festival “at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music, and art.” In other words, great music, inspiring presentations and amazing fellowship. Discount tickets here. [Read more...]

Obedient Gratitude — Grateful Obedience: A reflection on Psalm 81

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 81 is one of mine: “Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel… For it is a statute in Israel.” Read my reflection on obedient gratitude / grateful obedience. [Read more...]

Amazing Grace Played on Theramins Encased in Russian Dolls [VIDEO]

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Is this version of Amazing Grace played on theramins encased in russian dolls a loving rendition or a postmodern farce? I’m not sure, but it is beautiful in its way. What do you think? [Read more...]

Holy Means Whole: A reflection on Psalm 99

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 99 is one of mine: “Holy is the Lord, our God.” Read my reflection on reconnecting with God’s undivided power and love whenever you feel overwhelmed. [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “Who am I to judge” gay people? “Women in the Church are more important than bishops.”

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Last week, Archbishop Chaput said “right wing” Catholics weren’t happy Pope Francis hadn’t talked about the hot-button issues yet. I think now they probably wish he’d kept quiet. Is it a 180? No, but a reversal of not just tone but also emphasis, away from attacking those in disagreement over dogma and towards holding up universal Christian values, will restore a culture in which conversation can occur, in which people of faith can discuss what’s essential and what is not. In the long run, this may lead to substantial change. [Read more...]

Fr. Helmut Schüller’s “Catholic Tipping Point” Tour Calls for Disobedience

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On a 15-city “Catholic Tipping Point” American tour Fr. Helmut Schüller is outlining reforms he believes can restore vitality to the Roman Catholic Church, including married and women priests, welcoming remarried Catholics and gay members in committed relationships into full communion, and decentralizing power and giving greater leadership opportunities to lay members.  [Read more...]

Will Pope Francis be a reforming pope?

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In light of Pope Francis’ similarity in demeanor to Pope John XXIII, his admiration for the gentle, plainspoken pastoral leader, and his quick sainting of the Vatican II architect, you can’t help wondering, as the new book Francis: Man of Prayer asks: will Pope Francis be a reforming pope? Will he, like John XXIII, instigate changes that will alter the course of the global church profoundly and extend beyond his own papacy? [Read more...]


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