How Blest are the Peacemakers

How Blest are the Peacemakers

“In spite of everything I still believe people are good at heart.” ~ Anne Frank This powerful statement of a teenage Jewish girl has inspired people to compassionate action and peacemaking since it first appeared in print over 70 years ago.  One of the most widely...
The Game-Day Playbook

The Game-Day Playbook

When we place our dependence in God, we are unencumbered, and we have no worry. ~ Coach Vince Lombardi I often tell my clients that operating without a plan is akin to playing on a football field that has no hash marks.  You never know where you are or how much...
Finding Your Balance

Finding Your Balance

“Only actions give life strength, only moderation gives it charm.” ~ Jean Paul Richter I was reminded yesterday that much of our religious practice can be too much about our transgressions and not enough about our fundamental goodness.  Sin is always easier to see...
Ubuntu; I Am Because We Are

Ubuntu; I Am Because We Are

A missionary from First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo, California came back from an African trip and spoke to his congregation about the sense of community he found to be incredibly inspiring.  The story he told was one that demonstrated the wisdom of cooperation...
Angels Among Us

Angels Among Us

“We are, each of us angels with only one wing: and we can only fly by embracing one another.” ~ Luciano de Crescenzo There are angels among us.  They show up just in time and come in various shapes, colors and sizes.  The love and support they bring allow us to endure...
Summers’ Last Hope

Summers’ Last Hope

“Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?” ~ Dodie Smith Many of us resign ourselves that the unofficial last day of summer falls on Labor Day.  Autumn isn’t really here yet of course.  But schools have started, pools have closed, vacations and leisure...
The Fruits of Our Labor

The Fruits of Our Labor

“I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” ~ Abraham Lincoln As we celebrate Labor Day and the ‘unofficial-last-day-of-summer’ it seems quite worthwhile to think about the...
A Change Will Do You Good

A Change Will Do You Good

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~ Leo Tolstoy What would you change in the world if you had a chance?  A priest who was traveling through Grand Central Station posed this question to a woman who was slumped against a...
Maybe I’m Amazed

Maybe I’m Amazed

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement, to look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel...
Understanding & Taking Action

Understanding & Taking Action

Life’s journey is full of fantastic and memorable moments as well as hardship, and frustrations. Often we feel unable to see where our next step should be. We may be facing challenges and issues, which appear to be overwhelming and where we are unable to see a...