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It is Mary Magdalene who goes with the other women to the tomb to the customary anointing of the corpse when all the others around Jesus had disassociated themselves from his life, his work, his vi

Jesus in the tomb is one proof we have that darkness is not the enemy. Our greatest enemy is the unwillingness to believe in dawn, in resurrection.

Everyone who has ever lived, who will ever live, will someday undergo a Holy Saturday of their own.

Lent, the liturgical year shows us, is about the holiness that suffering can bring. It is about bringing good where evil has been, about bringing love where hate has been.

It is very easy to forget the wonders God has done for us. God often performs these marvels when we are least hopeful they will happen, least sure they can happen.

On this planet, psychic numbing has been raised to high art. This people avoids pain and misery, in others as well as in themselves, at all costs.

Some old men came to see Abba Poemen, and said to him: “Tell us, when we see brothers dozing during the sacred office, should we pinch them so they will stay awake?” The old man said to them: “Actu

Once upon a time, an ancient story tells us, the master had a visitor who came to inquire about Zen.

Where I live, winter is raw and bitter, windswept and white, an unpredictable and uncompromising time of the year. We go from dry, cold, grey days to deep, wet, frozen days.

Lady, my parrot, is taken to the office every day down a hallway of toddler and preschool activities. “Bird lady, bird lady,” the children begin to squeal at the sight of her.

"What are we that you should care for us?" the psalmist asks God. The question is still a good one but the answers to it have shifted from age to age.

What happens to the person who does not deal with the secrets of the heart? What kind of energy can a person bring to life who allows the past to clog the arteries of the mind?

“O snail,/ climb Mount Fuji/ But slowly, slowly…” the haiku master and lay Buddhist priest Issa writes. 
The haiku, in its short, sharp way, makes three points:

The key to choosing what is authentic in life and keeping our own integrity at the same time lies in tending always in the direction of simplicity.

“Once upon a time,” the tale tells, “an angel appeared to a seeker hard at work in the field of life and said, ‘I have been instructed by the gods to inform you that you will have 10,000 more lives