Breathing Under Water

We welcome guest blogger Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, who blogs about his just-released book, Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, now available with a free online study guide. I wrote Breathing Under Water because I believe this theme allows me to put tested experience, good...

The Holiness of Things

Last weekend, as part of their coverage of the 10th anniversary on 9/11, the New York Times published an article entitled The Things We Kept. “In the aftermath of Sept. 11, people everywhere did what people do in disaster’s fresh wake: We wept, prayed, raged, cowered, gathered, hid, drank,...

Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Poverty (part 4 of 7)

Yes, I probably have gone a little long on my last posts concerning Benedictine spirituality, but this one will be short and sweet. Society tends to view a vow of poverty as living or doing without. My understanding of poverty—that I gained in that morning meeting on Benedictine spirituality—goes beyond...

Reflections from Petra

Traveling with a group of Christian journalists with a Muslim guide in a Muslim country can make for some interesting discussions on the bus from site to site. On Tuesday, I was feeling a little bit down. I adore our guide, Kamel, who’s leading us on this journey hosted by the Jordan Tourism Board. Kam...

Lessons from a Hurricane

As a Midwesterner, I’m used to tornadoes. As a transplanted New Englander, I became familiar with nor’easters. But hurricanes? In Connecticut? Evidently, yes—not often, but sometimes. The end of last month was one of those times. And while it actually was just a tropical storm by the time it...

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