Henri Nouwen

The Search for Belonging When productivity is our main way of overcoming self-doubt, we are extremely vulnerable to rejection and criticism and prone to inner anxiety and depression. Productivity can never give the deep sense of belonging we crave. The more we produce, the more we realize that successes and results cannot give us theContinue reading “Henri Nouwen”

Shame

Where is our shame?Is it lost?Hidden in the fig leavesTo avoid at all cost? Do we use God’s giftsFor such a dangerous thingTo defend and distract usFrom our shame? Have we forgotten shame’s faceIs but a reflection of our disgrace?Do we refuse to look and seeAnd deny Truth’s grace? Do we now call shame anotherContinue reading “Shame”

Clowns, Crowds-Facebook

As I was debating my participation on Facebook and what seems like the biggest waste of time, energy and brain cells, and how I have tried for 7 years to prick the spirits, minds and hearts of a faceless crowd, I thought about Søren Kierkegaard’s quote. “A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. TheContinue reading “Clowns, Crowds-Facebook”

I am angry…

Passing one of our big churches today I ran across this significant slogan, calculated to impress the passing wayfarer: ‘We Will Go Out of Business. When? When Every Man in Detroit Has Been Won to Christ.’ Of course it is just a slogan and not to be taken too seriously, but the whole weakness ofContinue reading “I am angry…”

A Prayer For the Simplicity of Life and Love

This is a prayer from New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton that I find to be moving, challenging and intriguing. Take a moment to be drawn in to the Spirit as you read this prayer. “Justify my soul, O God, but also from Your fountains fill my will with your fire. Shine in myContinue reading “A Prayer For the Simplicity of Life and Love”

What are you talking about?

Everything is is interconnected, interrelated and interdependent. Therefore, health, agriculture, rural or urban development, the economy, community, consumerism, the culture, education, growing and producing, giving and receiving, religion and politics are interconnected, interrelated and interdependent. To talk or to not talk about one of these things is to talk about all things. More than ever,Continue reading “What are you talking about?”

Left Behind

We talk about leaving military equipment behind but what about…-leaving entire towns behind because we sent their jobs overseas (NAFTA)-leaving polluted lands, water and air behind because industries got what they wanted and left their waste-leaving shells of communities behind because Wal-Mart came in and put out of business all the mom and pop stores-leavingContinue reading “Left Behind”

Imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

Part II Today, we say “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” without realizing this fragment has been ripped out of a whole sentence or that it was Oscar Wilde who said “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” A little different understanding…right? I wonder in our age ofContinue reading “Imitation the sincerest form of flattery?”

We make ourselves real

Thomas Merton said, “We make ourselves real by telling the truth.” This also means that we make ourselves healthy, holy and more human by telling the truth. The truths that we must tell are our own. We must tell our experience, strength, hope, fears, mistakes, successes, hurts, pains and joys. These are the truths thatContinue reading “We make ourselves real”

Imitation is suicide

Part I In 2019, I waded into the life and writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. My plan was to follow the path where some of my favorite writers had gone and read for myself the men and women who had deeply nourished, encouraged, inspired and moved them to give their time, talents and truths toContinue reading “Imitation is suicide”