Reader’s Poem: A Resilient Life

What matters is the journey, not our fantasies or nostalgia. True availability to others relates to pruning poor motivations. Laugh, relax, dream. Discouragement need not take root or flourish. Watch the feeling, thinking, believing behind your actions. Worry debilitates, but concern looks for a merciful, compassionate response. Face darkness, trusting new possibilities...

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Good Zeal (Rule of Benedict, 72)

This summary follows a reflection with the Oblates and guests of St. Paul's Monastery on 17 Apr 2016, co-facilitated with S. Jackie Leiter OSB. Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480-547) is one of the voices from Christian tradition who continues to help us understand...

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Poem: Lukewarm

by Samuel Rahberg after Revelation 3:15-22 Neither too hot nor too cold is the greater danger to common life. Hot heads fuel fear, cold hearts still harmonies, yet nothing sours the will for good like the bite of indifference. “Behold,” the Holy One calls, “I stand at the door...

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