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C. S. Lewis: A Second Key Purpose for Suffering

Greg Cootsona | Posted 02.25.2015 | Religion
Greg Cootsona

We all know that solving the problem of pain and suffering is, among other things, intellectually excruciating.

Walking the Via Dolorosa: Young People in Solidarity--Until the End

Jordan Denari | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Jordan Denari

Accompanying others selflessly is not the result of a state of enlightenment, nor is it a constant, deep emotion. It is a decision we make, a path we undertake consciously and with perseverance.

C. S. Lewis on the Purposes for Suffering

Greg Cootsona | Posted 02.11.2015 | Religion
Greg Cootsona

As I prepare to give a talk at Columbia University in the upcoming weeks on the subject of Lewis and the Purposes of Suffering, it seemed wise to return to the topic and revise it in light of what new comes to mind.

When You Know Your 'Good Days' Are Numbered

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

I believe there are few things more important to how we live our lives than contemplating the temporality, and fragility, of life on this side of eternity. Accepting the vanity of our present pursuits is the beginning of discovering our true purpose, and the true meaning of our lives.

The Positivity of Givers and Takers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 01.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

It seems that we are both the givers and the takers; it's only until we tip the scales of justice that we truly see who is the true giver of us all...

Does God Let Us Suffer?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Choosing to become part of Christ's story involves helping the world to overcome loneliness, suffering and hatred. Christians can easily seem hypocritical because this is such a lofty aim.

The Lesson of the Tree

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 01.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Bill Halamandaris

Like the tree, we are all at times challenged and pushed to the limits of our existence. If we are to survive and grow, we must reach deep and draw on the best part of ourselves. Those who cannot find a purpose in their pain are diminished by it. Those who do are enlarged and strengthened by the process.

How Did You Get to Be the Way You Are?

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Remember that your beliefs are powerful self-fulfilling prophecies. The bottom line of this is that if you change your beliefs, you will change your experiences. You are not a victim unless you choose to be. Health and well-being in adulthood is not achieved through the accumulation of external successes, but rather through cleaning out your internal emotional closets.

What God's Role in Tragedy Really Is

Stan Duncan | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Stan Duncan

God's fundamental act in the universe is salvation, making the creation one, more whole, more ''good,'' and when the creation invariably fails or falls, God is in the midst of the hurt, working for some sort of reconciliation even in the brokenness.

How Love Lifts Us Over the Hurdles of Life

Alexia Parks | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Alexia Parks

These "teachable" moments that some might view as setbacks are also one way that life reminds us to slow down and take a deeper breath, to pace ourselves. Renewed, we stand up once again. Once again, we speak up about things that matter most in life to us.

Translating Tattoos: Lessons From the ER

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

It's easy to condemn what we don't understand or would never do ourselves. But maybe we should pause to consider the messages that tattoos are sending. In the process, we might love and understand our neighbors just a little better than before.

Your Truest Friend Resides Inside Your Own Heart

Nancy Colier | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

As we age, it seems that fighting with friends becomes less necessary or even possible. There are fewer matters worth fighting about and even fewer wo...

Moving Beyond Shame

Kaly McKenna | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Kaly McKenna

While the reasons for the shame are as diverse as the millions of women who suffer in this world, here are three reasons highlighting why it is so difficult for women to move beyond the shame.

This Simple Exercise Will Pull You Out Of A Sadness Rut

OWN | Posted 12.02.2014 | OWN

Despite facing a variety of painful obstacles and difficulties in life, people are often hesitant to describe their experiences as "suffering." It's t...

Art & the Tyranny of the New

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Steven Crandell

I think it's time to create a market for art that deepens the spirit, not makes it shallower, a market to encourage art that taps into wisdom and truth that has lasted for generations, eons, as long as memory has served humanity.

How Making Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Changed Me

Fagun Thakrar | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts
Fagun Thakrar

I had the privilege of making a film that changed the way I see things in life. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, which is being released next month, is inspired by the world's worst industrial disaster which took place on December 3rd, 1984.

Why The World Needs Paris

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Sarah Thebarge

"I am sorry for the decadence of Paris," he said, apologizing to me on behalf of the entire city. He said the city's investment in food, architecture, wine and incredible art seemed so wasteful in light of the world's troubles.

Keep Brittany Maynard's Legacy Alive and Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

This whole argument boils down to a simple premise: who is in charge of our lives? Doctors? Politicians? Religious leaders? Or Us? Are we so feeble minded that we cannot be trusted to be responsible for our own existence?

Being There

Ree Varcoe | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

Choose to be brave and purposeful with your time and your love. Put yourself in another's situation and think of things that might ease their burden. As my father used to say, "What each one of us needs is what each one of us needs to give."

Suffering as Transformation

Ram Dass | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Ram Dass

When I look back on the suffering in my life, I see it now as a gift. I would have never asked for it for a second, I hated it while it was happening and I protested as loudly as I could, but suffering happened anyway. Now, in retrospect I see the way in which it deepened my being immeasurably.

Marilynne Robinson's "Lila"

Martin Marty | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Being "Spiritual?" "Religious?" They are both easy. Robinson writes explicitly "Christianly," and that is harder. In a time when the "Prosperity Gospel" rules, she excises the word and concept "prosperity."

Two Perspectives: Assisted Dying or Assisted Living?

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

Both Brittany and Kara write beautiful justifications for their positions on life (and death), and I admire both women -- Brittany for taking ownership of her life and the way she wants it to end, and Kara for fighting to be present with her family and to find ultimate meaning in her suffering.

Suffering Optional: Walking Into the Wild Is a Quest of Privilege

Andrea Louie | Posted 12.07.2014 | Arts
Andrea Louie

So today, as we are confronted daily with the images of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled extremists, I am unmoved to feel pity for the voluntary brushes with death that Marquis encountered.

Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Deepak Chopra

It caused a stir when Sam Harris, in a new book titled Waking Up, changed his message from militant atheism to peaceful Buddhism.

When Prayer Becomes Control

Cindy Brandt | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

When senseless tragedy occurs, people of faith often rush to explain and control. As finite human beings, we are limited in our knowledge and power, which makes us uncomfortable.