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'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 fee...

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 contemplat...

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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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.

To Be OK with the Blank Page

Cassidy Hall | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Cassidy Hall

From my experiences at these various monasteries, I found that it wasn't until I sat through these things in silence and space that I could reach a much deeper and often darker place of self-discovery, which led and still leads me to more of my true self.

Why You Might Not Be Free

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

In the end, the only true freedom is the spiritual form, because once attained, it can never be taken away without our consent.

River Vow: Keys to Aging and Joy

Carol Orsborn | Posted 08.12.2014 | Fifty
Carol Orsborn

There was a grace, a simplicity, to the river's ever-changing ripples, waves and current that shows us not only why, but how to let go of the past and embrace change. What the river does so well is accommodate. It accommodates the gentle breeze and the cutting prow of the barge equally.

Bill Moyers and Our Call to Bear Witness in a Time of Crisis

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when we find ourselves in near-despair over a democratic process increasingly influenced by concentrated economic power, let us heed the visionaries in our midst who offer bold alternatives.

Daily Meditation: Trust

Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion

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

The Power of Not Knowing

Roger Housden | Posted 05.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Roger Housden

Imagine a world in which everything is known and under control. It would be a flatland. There would be no amazement, no wonder, no edge. I believe tha...

10 Mystical Quotes To Celebrate Thomas Merton's Birthday

Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion

Thomas Merton was a Catholic, a monk, a mystic, briefly a Communist, a civil rights activist and a prolific writer. Born on January 31, 1915, his life...