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An Open Letter To Republican Governors: Let The Syrian Refugees In

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Western openness exemplifies our best values. Unlike tyrannical regimes like Assad's or roving bands of murderers like ISIL, such openness is inclusive. Tolerant. And by being tolerant at home, we promote tolerance abroad. We lead by example.

Have Mercy on Me: The Bishops' Synod on the Family 2015

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

Subtle, yes, like a trim tab, but Pope Francis last week steered the massive heft of the Holy Roman Church, the oldest continuous institution in our midst, toward the Gospel message of mercy for all. I believe it just may be that, at least so far as he can direct it, the church is once again working for the Lord. Amen.

Prison Reform: Healing not Punishment

Maura Poston Zagrans | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Maura Poston Zagrans

Critics will object that law-abiding citizens themselves will be at the mercy of criminals if we put compassion at the core of our criminal justice system. Granted, safety must always be of paramount concern

Too Much, Not Enough, and This Love That Bears It All

Jesua | Posted 10.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul

Not long ago I noticed that I was walking around with what felt like a subtle wall in my own heart, like a self-imposed boundary or barricade against Life. I noticed this wall not only appearing in my relationships, but in a deeper and more general way, in my very relationship with Life itself.

Meeting Pope Francis Was One of the Greatest Days of My Life

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

Pope Francis embodies the tenderness of God's mercy. From comforting families who lost loved ones on September 11 in New York City to proclaiming hope to the prisoners in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Pope Francis has embodied God's tender mercy.

Can We Keep the Empathy State of Mind Alive?

Alyssa Piperis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Alyssa Piperis

The 14th anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone. My social media newsfeeds are filled with less outward sensitivity and commemoration today than they w...

You Don't Know Me

William Spear | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
William Spear

And I am no different than you, my skin wrapped around my beating heart -- pleading for mercy and loving-kindness and waiting for this long night to be over.

No Offense -- It Ain't Personal

Sonya Denyse | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sonya Denyse

I walked into a wall once. I was in the house of mirrors. The full force of the impact propelled me to the ground. My lips started to rise before I ...

Gov. Bobby Jindal Denies Clemency to Prisoner Serving 13 Years for Possessing Two Joints

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Anthony Papa

In the case of Bernard Noble it seems that Louisiana's Governor Jindal has chosen not to show the compassion that our President has shown and instead ignores the injustice of Noble's case while he rots away in prison for 13 years for the possession of two joints.

Overcoming a Devastating Loss to Live Again

Eldonie Mason | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Eldonie Mason

In three short years of togetherness he was gone. I went from planning a wedding to planning a funeral; from making the final alterations on my wedding dress to buying a dress for his funeral.

A Wormhole of Mercy at Easter

Mark Osler | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

Buried beneath the Holy Week headlines about a religious freedom law in Indiana was a remarkable event: President Obama shortened the sentences of 22 federal prisoners under the pardon power, and wrote them a letter. It was a fitting gesture for a season of hope and renewal.

Toward True Religious Freedom

Justin Thornburgh | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Justin Thornburgh

The reason I am against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not because I am a lefty liberal, but because I am a proud American Christian. This legislation, though guised in the cloak of religious liberty, is the first string to be pulled out of our basic civil rights. This state is beginning the slippery slope of legalized discrimination.

The Observing Self: A Tool Essential to Save Ourselves and Our Planet

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

It is the observing self that grants us a sense of "agency" with the capacity to change ourselves and our world.

You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right?

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Is it possible that God has a 'Damascus Road experience' ready to give to all mankind before his throne, like he also gave to the Ninevites in Jonah's story?

When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

Martha Nelson | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first...

Motorcycles, Riptides & More: Chats with Loudon Wainwright, Vancy Joy, John Velghe and Rocco DeLuca

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Loudon Wainwright: "It's hard to be objective about oneself. I don't know what's different, it doesn't feel like anything has changed in the 40 years that I've been writing songs."

Gigi Gordon, Death Row Lawyer: An Admirable Life Ended as It Was Lived

Matthew Chapman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

When life was no longer worth living, she ended it. I see no irony in this. As a tough, intelligent, independent person, she did not want to either lose her mind or be a burden to anyone. She was an admirable woman who lived her convictions.

How I Became Interested in the Death Penalty and Why I'm Against It

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.26.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

It is easier to dismiss someone as being "evil" than to face the tangle of social failures that we're all complicit in. It's easier to hate the adult than to ask what made a child grow up wanting oblivion and finding fulfillment in a killing.

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Growing up, my understanding of God was always tainted by a negative framing. Through Sunday schools and Friday sermons, I learned that God was watching me, but only later on in life I understood that God was watching over me-- two very different things.

The Inside and Outside of Compassion

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Even without direct contact, we can still cultivate a general feeling of human connection at spiritual and emotional levels through being committed to expanding our empathy and sense of oneness with all beings.

What Would You Do For A Million Dollars?

David Briggs | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Seven in eight Americans say they would turn down any amount of money up to $1 million to kick a dog in the head. However, half of Americans say th...

God's Way or the Highway

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. ...

The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

Obama's Opening to Mercy

Mark Osler | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

Shortly before Christmas, we saw President Obama employ this power in a meaningful and strategic way. He granted 13 pardons and commuted eight prisoners. The commutations were particularly significant, as they represented the largest number of commutations in a single day in over a decade.