The On Being Project

Paul Elie
Paul Elie

a senior fellow in Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. He is the author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own and Reinventing Bach, and of essays and articles for the Atlantic, New York Times, Vanity Fair, Commonweal, and other periodicals. He blogs regularly at Everything That Rises.

Transmuting My Righteous Anger into Understanding

What might we make space for if we gave up our indignation, even if just for a moment? A historical and philosophical inquiry into the roots of this social moment.

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Transmuting My Righteous Anger into Understanding

The Halting Inelegance of Advent

Paul Elie navigates the winding path of Advent, and finds quiet ways to start anew in the meeting of ritual and the rhythms of everyday life.

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The Halting Inelegance of Advent

A Hundredth Part of a Day

The now-prevalent culture of mastery and expertise take root in ideas of grit and the “10,000-hour rule.” But, doing something new for the first time, even just a little, changes your sense of it altogether.

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A Hundredth Part of a Day

Pope Francis’ Acts of Accompaniment

Pope Francis had an extraordinary week issuing a seminal document on love and family, travelling to a refugee “hot zone,” and meeting Bernie Sanders in Rome. The common thread: the pope’s willingness to accompany people where they’re at and walk alongside humanity, whether it be a Syrian refugee or a U.S. presidential candidate.

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Pope Francis’ Acts of Accompaniment