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The violence in Lahore on Easter Sunday thrusts us once again into disbelief and mourning. Omid Safi on the necessity of the right response, and the resilient stories of love and neighborliness that often go unreported in the face of terror.
The beauty of spring is as much in its muddiness as in its blooms. An encouragement to revel in the dance of mess and lavishness in this most colorful season.
With the arrival of spring come realizations of the capacity waiting within, among, and around us. Writings on discovering our true abundance of love, community, and self, particularly in the places where they have seemed absent.
For those of us who adore our daily forms of labor, work doesn’t stop when the office closes. Mohammed Fairouz makes the case for obsession, and work as prayer and mystery and play.
When the demands of daily life drain us, a respite in solitude is exactly what we need. A testament to the power of aloneness to reconnect us with the steady sense of self we lose.
On this Easter morning, a memory and a story of finding God not in the four walls of a church but by reclaiming awe in the woods of rural Minnesota. Listen to this audio short by Craig Minowa of the orchestral indie rock collective Cloud Cult and his reverence for the ritual of Easter morning.
Humility is a virtue, but denying ourselves the happiness we deserve can be a destructive habit. Sharon Salzberg with a reflection on the perils of self-deprecation, and how we might come to relish moments of joy, fully.
This year, Easter falls a week before the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. As we draw nearer to both, a writer revisits her family’s story of the night Dr. King was killed, forty-eight years ago.
Being a published writer, especially of books, is a celebrated marker of accomplishment in our culture. But is it the only way to leave our mark? Courtney Martin with some helpful advice for the struggling writer, or for uncovering a better channel for our creative drive.
Faith can be a salve for the soul in the face of the suffering we witness. But, Omid Safi reminds us, our spiritual love must be bolstered by how we stand for the weak and vulnerable in our midst.
Pope Francis’ move to open the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual to women earlier this year was big news, but it wasn’t all that innovative. A groundswell of laypeople called to the work of washing feet every day — in parishes, hospitals, and high schools — are reinvigorating ritual.
What we need is within us and between us. With Wendell Berry at his side, Parker Palmer on the amazing abundance of self and community, and identifying what each of us has to offer.
Life is a long haul, and wisdom is knowing when to surge forth, and when to pause. Reflections on the value of spending time in spaces of uncertainty and pain before charging courageously ahead.
After a period of seemingly endless frustration, from a parking ticket to a cancelled credit card, Jane Gross identifies the need in our lives for centered calmness, and the grace and forgiveness of our “better selves.”
In an era of abundance and access, it’s easy to lose sight of the vitality of household things. An author looks back in order to look forward at the humility of thrift and the humanity of objects.
The value of doubt can be lost in a culture that puts us on a quest for certainty. Sharon Salzberg on the complex relationship between questioning and faith, and how they can lead to growth when put to skillful practice.
Coverage of climate change frequently sounds the alarm, summoning our worries and fears to call us to action. After 30 years of climate reporting, Andrew Revkin isn’t worried anymore. A memoir of climate change that places the human condition in the foreground.
As Christians enter Holy Week, a reflection on the drama of the Easter story through poetry, music, and history. Theatrical, disturbing, cathartic, and deeply necessary, the Christian encounter with the crucifixion is a reckoning with the violence of our era. And yet in resurrection there is hope and embrace.
Paul Kalanithi’s latest book spurs a pregnant mother to recognize the myth of meaning-making. Our columnist on reckoning with ambiguous endings, and the spectrum of imperfection on which we must all live and thrive.
The clock presses upon us and our families every day. A reminder that it’s not the roses we should stop to smell, but the most tender gestures written in the morning’s light.
The best education is one in which we listen to each other. Parker Palmer tells the story of a New York City cab driver and how he exhibits the many qualities necessary to be a good citizen today.
The wisdom we yearn for abounds in quiet spaces of dignity. Trent Gilliss with writings on our need for rhetoric of acceptance, the spirituality inherent in our given and chosen families, and the birth of a book years in the making.
We often berate ourselves for letting go of challenges, but quitting isn’t always a destructive reaction. A former gymnast learns that stopping in place allows us to heal, and is sometimes exactly what we need to move forward.
Homelessness is present on the streets of Denver each day. So are stories of resilience, compassion, and dignity even through life’s most difficult trials. A live-in volunteer at a Catholic Worker house realizes that we find home in those with whom we journey through our toughest moments.