5 Hopes For the New Year

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By Wendy MurrayDear Friends and Readers,I have been on hiatus from posting and it has been time well spent, though I apologize for the prolonged and unexplained absence from Poets & Lunatics. In the upcoming year I will be writing, as I have tried to in the past, about issues that highlight the complicated humanness with which we tangle while at the same time trying to remain people of authentic faith.I have spent these months in transition, being on the road most of the summer … [Read more...]

Remembering St. Francis of Assisi

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Saint Francis of Assisi died 787 years ago today, and yet he seems more alive than ever despite the passage of time. In the Catholic tradition, this anniversary marks the "Feast Day of St. Francis." Remembering the champions who have gone before seems an appropriate tradition and one which Protestants lose out on. Francis of Assisi is certainly one whom Christians of all traditions ought to know and celebrate.I lived in Assisi when I wrote my book about St. Francis and came to love the … [Read more...]

Do Not Let Others Judge You (and Don’t Judge)

My son drew this as a boy: a very good picture of judgment.

 People will judge you, of course. That is my point. Determine in your heart and mind, ahead of time, how this will affect you. Depending upon your moment in life and the circumstances in which you find yourself, others will always take liberties with opinions and conclusions about your situation, your efforts, stratagems, applied logic or whatever else. It is good if you possess the ability to thank them. It is better if, after thanking them, you think about what they have said and … [Read more...]

Congratulations, Granny Di!

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The world is aflutter with the glorious news that Will and Kate have had a baby. Thank you, God! Life is blooming in a happy way for dear William, whose head hung low as young man of 15 when he and his brother buried his mother.Now, in the wake of this happy event, may the public, royal watchers, the news agencies and related entities please get this straight: Charles and Camilla are not the new baby's "grandparents." Charles is the baby's grandfather and Diana is the baby's grandmother. … [Read more...]

The Secret Life of Jesus ~ Thoughts on Prayer

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Jesus would welcome anyone, even liars and religious hypocrites, before whom he leveled a steady gaze into unsettled eyes. Is it possible then that one can accept the challenge of his grace yet dismiss the force behind them?He acted and-- in some cases restrained from acting-- in harmony with the purposes of his Father whom he met in prayer. When he was weak he prayed to stay the course, to complete the work of his Father, and to resist the temptation to exercise his bestowal before its … [Read more...]

Julian Assange ~ Still Waiting

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Since June 2012 Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London. In a recent post, I articulated why "we need" Julian Assange.  In this post, I have excerpted directly from Assange's website, which answers questions that many in public may entertain about who this man is and why he has commanded international scorn or devotion.I believe that people of faith, people of conscience, and most importantly, journalists, need to do their best to understand Assange's … [Read more...]

Why We Need Julian Assange

Julian Assange at the center of the storm of our time

 Nancy. Ben. Suzanne. Carol. Chris. Larry. Jon. Aleesha. And Matt. These are the people I have spoken with on my Verizon phone in the past two weeks -- the last two being a representatives from Verizon. I called Aleesha, who referred me to Matt,  to try and determine if my phone number and its associated records was among the tens of millions that have been surveilled by court order by the National Security Agency (NSA). (Aleesha and Matt had no information about it and asked if I was … [Read more...]


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