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Filipinos Urged To 'Take A Selfie With The Pontiff'

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

MANILA, Philippines - In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the K-pop treatment. Life-size cardboard cutout...

Paralyzed Man Risks All To See Pope Francis

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

A disabled Italian man has rarely seen the streets outside his home in the almost 20 years that he's been paralyzed. On Wednesday, 42-year-old Sal...

3 Ways To Make Your Wedding Memorable -- For Your Guests

Anne Naylor | Posted 08.07.2014 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

At this time of social media, we expect to be engaged in what is going on, even if we do not comment. Those who witness your vows are more than passive onlookers. They care. Your love can touch them, and reconnect them with the love they have for their loved ones.

Gratitude

Stacey James | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacey James

We often focus on the things that we don't have rather than focusing on what we do have. When we do this it is difficult for us to see those small things that matter so much as a blessing.

"Walk With Me": What Do the Curses in Leviticus 26 Mean for Us Today?

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

What do these curses mean, and what can they teach us? It sounds like the message is just that we should be obedient -- but that's not what it means.

I'm Having Sex Right Now! #Blessed

Em & Lo | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

We thought we'd put together our own imagined list of the top 10 most inappropriately dirty ways to shared your #blessings with the world.

The Blessing Of A Newborn Baby Girl

Audrey McClelland | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Audrey McClelland

I don't know what came over me, but in those final days of her life... I asked her, "When the time is right, Nana... send me a baby girl."

'I Don't Deserve To Be This Happy' --A Conflicted, Self-Inflicted Confession

Deborah Grayson Riegel | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Grayson Riegel

I have come to realize that this way of thinking is self-imposed slavery, and I want to break free. I don't want the plague of spending the rest of my life helping people find happiness, while suffering silently for having that happiness myself.

Nisan: The (Re-)Beginning of Time

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

This first month, Nisan, is an exciting, auspicious and joyful time. The word for month, Chodesh, itself means "new," and since Nisan is the beginning of a new cycle of months, it begins a new round of newness, if you will.

5 Hidden Blessings of Heartache

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Heartache may seem like a loss initially, but its broader gain becomes evident in time. If we temporarily put aside the angst associated with damaged love and decipher its crucial function in our lives, we can mend our heartbreak and blanket ourselves in its hidden blessings.

100 Little Blessings

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

For Martha... Honeybees The fragrance of flowers Kisses from children That special laughter that is genuine and loving Rain, but not too m...

On Being Radical

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

Timidity doesn't honor God. There, I said it. I've given a lot of thought to how often followers of Christ find themselves - or more accurately, place themselves - in the role of victim.

How You Can Stop a War -- Yes, You

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

Philosophers, yogis and mystics have long studied the etheric super-substance of mind known as thought. The consensus across all disciplines is that ...

Mother of All Flowers, a Symmetry of Time

Chava Tombosky | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

The idea that a 2000-year old wall lacking spackle in-between those many heavy meleke limestone is now standing because of thousands of prayers, requests, and names are holding it up, is nothing short of miraculous.

A Boy, His Grandfather and a Bottle of Vintage Port Reminded Me of My Blessings

Cathy Chester | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

There are moments in our lives that move us. Moments that quietly present us with a gift so magical that they weave themselves onto a permanent patch ...

Holiday Blessings for the Modern Fam

Raina Rose | Posted 02.25.2014 | Parents
Raina Rose

May your children be blessed with the holiday spirit so that they experience no melt-downs, no squabbling fits, no food throwing and joy sparkling from their eyes like snowflakes glinting off your neighbor's garish light display.

The Sustaining Weave of Small Gestures

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Mason Martineau

Small gestures matter. The light supports and helps get us through, however small the flame. Many small flames make a fire. Many threads weave strong fabric.

Bless and Remember the Children of Newtown

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

To truly honor the deceased, it is incumbent upon us to remember the name of each and every precious child and adult. When Jacob blessed Joseph, he said: "in them may my name be recalled."

To Be a Jew Is To Give Thanks -- By Definition

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

How we view the world affects how we act in the world. We certainly have one hundred things that we do every day -- make phone calls, hold meetings, eat meals. The question is, through what lens do we look at those events?

The Antidote to Living With Diabetes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

As Diabetes Month ends, I don't know how much we've accomplished. I don't know how many more people with diabetes will take better care of themselves. Or how many people realized they may have undiagnosed diabetes and went to get a fasting blood sugar test.

Searching for God at Trader Joe's

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This past week, I visited Trader Joe's in Stamford, Conn. searching for God. I posted two questions. First, what item would be #1 on God's shopping ...

When It's Hard to Say "I'm Thankful" on Thanksgiving

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

This year as we gather for Thanksgiving, let's set an intention to treat ourselves and each other with care and, when faced with the question, "What am I thankful for?," let's notice the sensations and emotions that arise.

Time Is Not The Enemy

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 12.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Time does not need to be our enemy, but it will always be our moderator of life. If we learn to treat time as the precious commodity it is, and allow it to bestow us with blessings in the right moment, we begin to acknowledge that we can have exactly what we want.

Rebecca Perkins: Today I Am Grateful For....

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 12.22.2013 | Women
Rebecca Perkins

I believe the path to happiness is found in showing gratitude for the good things we already have in our lives.

A Blessing In Disguise?

Amy Oraefo | Posted 12.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Oraefo

The next time you do not get that job that you so desperately wanted or you were unable to purchase the house of your dreams, take a deep breath and know that this roadblock is temporary and it must pass.