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The Meaning of Goodness

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

For those who know C.S. Lewis as the author of the Chronicles of Narnia books, it may be a surprise that the he became famous for his wartime radio addresses to the British people during WWII.

Let Yourself Guide You to Where You Need to Be

Farsh Askari | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

We all have awareness and a sense of what we want in life. We already know what feels right and is the right direction for each of us toward our own happiness. So listen to your soul's GPS and seize upon your moment!

ISIL Reminds Us Who Joins Terrorist Organizations and Why

Joe Navarro | Posted 02.11.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

The purpose of terrorism is, of course, to terrorize, and they are succeeding at that. Hundreds of thousands have now fled Iraq and Syria as a result of ISIL's unparalleled violence and mastery of social media. One has to ask: who would be susceptible to their recruitment?

The Execution of Our Consciences

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Though I expect more from our whole society, I am saddened and outraged that most of the executions in our country are carried out by states that are predominately Christian. In Georgia, people who claim to follow Jesus are largely responsible for executing Warren Hill.

Pope Francis and Rabbits

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

"You don't have to breed like rabbits." No, Pope Francis has not changed doctrine. But he has started a debate. The contraception question will never be viewed in the same way again.

Which Wolf Will You Feed in 2015?

Kare Anderson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

We all have two wolves inside us, a Cherokee lesson suggests. One tugs at us to do evil and the other to act good. What will we do? It depends on whic...

Plague Plots: Dispatches from Sinclair Lewis

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Can a novel's depictions of healthcare workers in a plague-ravaged land inform our thinking about the lives of those who try to save lives?

Whose (Health Care) Conscience Is It, Anyway?

Janet Chung | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Janet Chung

More and more, we live in a world where the religious beliefs of those who want to refuse health care services trump the rights of patients who deserve and need those services. This is untenable. The time has come to return the focus to patients.

How to Connect to Conscience, Our Most Powerful Resource

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Joseph W. Gauld

Our mind is conscious to us, but conscience is largely unconscious to us, like insight or intuition. Knowing how our brain works can connect them. Ne...

Can Capitalism Afford a Conscience?

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Marian Salzman

At first glance, capitalism circa 2014 looks like a pretty soulless endeavor: massive piles of fast money, no wider context of conscience involved. Ju...

Pope Francis To Non-Believers: Obey Your Conscience

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday (Sept. 11) penned a long letter to the Italian lib...

Conscience And Endless War

Kabir Helminski | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

As the debate on government spending continues, our military expenditures are a cancer that eats away at our society, economically and morally. Where are the voices of faith who question the militarization of our society and the state of endless war we now take for granted?

Why Is the Romney Team Pushing for Torture?

Cheryl Mendelson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Cheryl Mendelson

It's no surprise that support for torture is strong among Republicans. But it's new and especially bad when they support it for no special reason, addressing no particular dire event or emergency, but just, you know, because.

That Voice in Your Head

Waldo Mellon | Posted 10.16.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

I'm happy to say I've been able to develop a friendly, respectful, even grateful relationship with that voice which I depend upon as a wise editor. In fact, I've given my editor a name: Andy. I just told Andy to pipe the hell down because I feel I have a very good answer to your question.

Let's Celebrate Real Religious Freedom

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Today's American Catholic bishops would have us think they are the latest victims of religious persecution. Their claims denigrate the suffering of those who know the true meaning of that term.

Guilt Takes the Worry Out of Feeling Shame

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Here are some common thoughts people have about themselves that cause them deep shame, things they want to be different but believe to their core cannot be changed or fixed.

The Voice of Conscience: Use It

Troy Roness | Posted 05.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Troy Roness

Just like having the support of a team, a clique, a crowd, or a family, acknowledging "being human" can be the catalyst in preventing one's path down a very destructive road. Allies of the "underdogs" play such an important role.

Jon Ward

Romney's Emergency Contraception Decision Flares Anew | Jon Ward | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Catholic Church expressed outrage against the White House in recent days for a health care mandate they say violates their consci...

Mic Check: Can You Hear Us, America?

Randall Amster | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

We find these views to be mutually relevant... that all people, by virtue of their basic humanity, deserve the opportunity to live, work, and associate according to the dictates of their own consciences and capacities

How Do We Repair the Souls of Those Returning from Iraq?

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

The hidden wounds of war do not heal when left unattended; instead, they may fester for years in depression, homelessness, addiction, and a half-lived existence finished by suicide.

What Happened to Shame?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 08.24.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

When I was growing up there was shame. Shame is defined as, "a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior." But this feeling seems to have disappeared from the way we do business in this country.

My Catholic Conscience: Doing The Right Thing For Women

Jon O'Brien | Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

As Catholics and as citizens, we must oppose the move to de-fund Planned Parenthood and stand up for our rights and freedom to follow our own consciences on these personal issues.

What Beyond Curriculum Should We Be Teaching?

Kenneth Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kenneth Bernstein

I find myself once again wrestling with a question -- what responsibility do I have to help my students become productive participants in our political processes?

A Call to Consciousness Louder Than Ever Before 2012

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

The recent blizzard in NYC and the entire Eastern Seaboard, along with dazzling snow appearances in parts of the country like Arizona that we've ha...

Believe in Violence and Be Saved

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Koehler

If we oppose war, if we stand in horror at every nuance and detail of it that comes to our attention, if we grow less "knowing" and "sophisticated" as the days pass and the machinery of empire grinds on -- this cynicism is our dilemma.