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Hope & Humility: Our Weapons against COVID-19

Most of us want to believe that the world is fundamentally predictable and safe. I know that I don’t do especially well with uncertainty and risk. Even when I’m doing something adventurous like rock climbing, I don’t want dramatic surprises; I want to know that I’m on route and that my gear will prevent disaster.
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Saint Francis and Suffering

Might the authority of those who suffer bring the diverse cultural and social worlds together? —Johann Baptist Metz I believe this profound question about suffering from a modern German theologian succinctly and precisely expresses the religious breakthrough that Christ has offered humanity.
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The Spiritual Benefits of Meditation

Meditation has been a trusted resource throughout cultures and centuries for those who long to quiet their minds and hearts. When we turn the volume down around us, Clifford Hennings, OFM, says, we can open ourselves to hearing the voice of God. And in this era of COVID and racial unrest, mediation is all the more important.
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Vision for New Community

On July 5, 1852, Fredrick Douglas, in addressing an anti-slavery conference in New York, said: “At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream.
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Psalm 25: GPS for the Soul

1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul, 2 my God, in you I trust; do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me. 3 No one is disgraced who waits for you, but only those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. 5 Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are my savior, for you I wait all the day long.
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Crisis and Crossroads

COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc on communities across the country. I have no way of knowing what will happen next week or next month. What I do know is that the monumental crisis of this pandemic presents us with great danger and great opportunity—and, therefore, with consequential choices between fear and hope.
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Our Quest for Happiness and Meaning

Happiness and a meaningful life are inseparable. You may know people who appear to have whatever good fortune can give and are nevertheless desperately unhappy. And there are others who in the midst of raw misery are deeply at peace and—well, genuinely happy. See if you can find where the difference lies. When we go deep enough, we find that the happy ones have found the one thing which the others are lacking: meaning in life. But we should not call meaning a “thing.” It is, in fact, the one reality in our life which is nothing.
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‘Where There Is Darkness, Light’

The ground beneath the city of Pompeii began to heave days before a crisis erupted that threatened the lives of all who lived there and in the surrounding towns. At first, residents of the Roman city did not worry. Earthquakes were a common occurrence. Life went on. 
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The Power of Sleep

One of my favorite things when my daughter would come home from college was to make her breakfast, though most times I’d have to wait until late morning for her to wake. Now married and in the workforce, she stayed over our house recently and told me she’d be gone before I woke the next morning.
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What Is Your View on Reality?

Everybody looks at the world through their own lens, a matrix of culturally inherited qualities, family influences, and other life experiences. This lens, or worldview, truly determines what we bring to every discussion. 
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