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Some Challenges Born Of The Orlando Massacre, Including A Challenge To Silicon Valley

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Matthew Fox

As families, friends, and supporters gather for the funerals of the innocent victims of the horrific Orlando shooting, I see three profound challenges coming to the fore for our society.

Original Child Bomb

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki have not produced eternal peace. Instead they opened a Pandora's box that can never be fully locked back up.

Daniel Berrigan's Passing and Witness

Matthew Fox | Posted 05.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Matthew Fox

The life and witness, the poetry and teaching of the late Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan hold deep meaning for us all in these days of hunger for moral...

The Supreme Awakening: What Did Buddha, Emerson, Einstein and Saint Teresa Have in Common?

Jeanne Ball | Posted 04.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jeanne Ball

Interview with author Craig Pearson "There are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies ... ...

Daily Meditation: Trust The Journey

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.05.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

George Carlin and the Two Americas

Jennifer Finney Boylan | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Jennifer Finney Boylan

About half the country, more or less, cannot even have a conversation with the other half. And no matter who wins the White House in November, we'll still face this dilemma of how to regain the thing we have lost as Americans: our sense of love for one another.

This May All Go to Sh*t: An Open Letter to Millennial Church Leaders

Rachel Johnson | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Rachel Johnson

Dear Millennial Church Leader, Do you know what the hell you're doing? Because we're coming clean and admitting that often times we don't.

'Ruined for Life': The Power of Crossing Borders

Matt Carriker | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Matt Carriker

My most powerful and formative experiences in life -- personally, spiritually, and vocationally -- were times that I crossed borders.

Dalai Lama Reminisces About Meeting Kindred Spirit Thomas Merton

Morgan Atkinson | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Morgan Atkinson

I met the Dalai Lama and all he wanted to do was talk about Thomas Merton. This isn't too surprising in that we were interviewing him as part of a documentary about Merton. Nonetheless our meeting was scheduled for five minutes but fifteen minutes later His Holiness was still talking enthusiastically about his time with Merton.

Why The Pope's Mention Of Thomas Merton Was More Controversial Than You Think

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) At his speech before Congress on Thursday (Sept. 24), Pope Francis listed Trappist monk Thomas Merton as one of four exemplary Americ...

My Encounter With Pope Francis

Dave Pruett | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Dave Pruett

On Thursday, September 24, I saw Pope Francis with my own eyes. That's the gospel truth. Now the confession. I was attending the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate rally -- organized to support the Pope's call to action on climate change.

Who's the Guy in the White Suit Next to All Those Billionaires?

Michael Winship | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Notwithstanding his encounter with notorious, Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, the pope's visit to the United States last week was a success, with millions turning out to get even a glimpse of him. But some had much better views than others.

An Intimate Look at the Two Fascinating Visionaries Touted by Pope Francis -- Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

When Pope Francis, in his historic speech to Congress, spotlighted Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, I let out a shout -- and no wonder. Just minutes before, I had finished the pitch to a literary agent for my book project.

An American Pope with a Challenge for America

James Zogby | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

When Pope Francis appeared on the Capitol balcony, one could not help but notice that the Congressional leadership that surrounded him, included Catholics of German, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian, and Hispanic descent. Despite the rejection and adversity faced by their ancestors, all had risen to high elected office.

Pope Francis Basically Just Retweeted Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis didn’t explicitly mention the Black Lives Matter movement during his speech before Congress on Thursday, but his feelings...

The Story Of Thomas Merton, Who The Pope Held Up As A Model Of Peace

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis invoked Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, celebrated author and social justice activist, as a model for peace and contemplati...

Happy 100th to Three Icons: Watts, Merton, Holiday

Philip Goldberg | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Philip Goldberg

I recently discovered that this year marks the 100th birthday of three cultural icons who influenced my life deeply in the late 1960s, when I first se...

Daily Meditation: We Are Not Alone

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Particular Way of Caring

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

A Christian education doesn't usually teach us to walk gingerly, plant flowers, or think about the life of the tree that you are cutting for firewood -- or at least, not yet. Pope Francis is about to change that.

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 1: The Spirit Behind a Radical Movement for Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
Rory McEntee

The spirit that lies behind my work comes from a deep longing to harness our contemplative wisdom for a new age, helping those who long to cultivate their own gifts and graces to serve our human family in the greatest way possible.

Why Meditate -- When I Could Be Sorting the Socks?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I've tried meditating a few times - a very few times. I'm well read on the subject, however. Indeed, I've spent way more time reading about meditation than I've spent doing it.

What Catholic Writer Thomas Merton Can Teach Us About Racial Justice

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RNS) If the influential Catholic writer Thomas Merton were alive today, he would likely have strong words about police brutality and ...

Benched at 67: And Loving It

Carol Orsborn | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
Carol Orsborn

If you saw an older man or woman sitting alone on a bench in a park, what would be your first response?

Margins and Wordless Wonder

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I'd spent the past few weeks feeling completely lost, purposeless, and alone, but in the simple actions of that little girl, I began to realize the simplicity and power of hope and faith in our world. All I needed to do was to figure out a way of silencing all the noise around and inside of me, and begin to focus on the beauty of a moment, the belief in the wonderful.

Silence and Kindness in the Wake of #Ferguson

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Kelly Suellentrop

Every part of what is now just known as #Ferguson is a tragedy. Loss of life, loss of community, loss of businesses, loss of reputation, loss of faith. It has become something bigger than me, bigger than all of us, and represents many different struggles.