The willingness to forgive says more about 18-year-old Brandt Jean than anything about Amber Guyger, the protestors or the jubilant court observers.
‘If you think out from original goodness instead of original sin, you get God out of the box and discover what the image and likeness of God really looks like.’
‘In an era in which so many people slip off the rails during adolescence, we don’t have the luxury of ignoring a resource that could see them through.’
What if we asked ourselves not how long a particular physical condition might last but, instead, whether we are, at our core, material or spiritual in nature?
Chances are that we do more to protect ourselves from the common cold than the temptation to see people of another race as a threat to our well-being.
‘Is there a time we will discover that healing responses and mind-body medicine really moves more toward the mind side than the body side?’
The question is not whether drugs and sex are bad, but whether such potentially self-indulgent avenues to acquiring spiritual wisdom should be considered genuine.
As technology improves, so too will our ability to understand the spiritual intelligence that leads to improved physical bodies and divinely inspired lives.
‘Any religion that encourages and supports a deeper appreciation of God and an unconditional love for humanity will continue to progress and to thrive.’
‘Mom had this remarkable ability to see past whatever scrape I’d gotten myself into and detect something of my true substance, and in so doing, to alleviate my fear.’
"The Pope released his grip and swayed to the side. Harnessing laser-like focus, I went in for the kneel. I did not look up. I had a job to do! Then it happened. CRACK. I headbutted the Pope."
St. John said, "We love because He first loved us." This means our capacity to love comes directly from God, that it can’t be taken away, that it will never end.
‘I think it would behoove us to get titillated by the possibilities for our capacity, not merely to become knowledgeable, but to become wise.’
We should all be willing to improve upon our God-given ability to distinguish between truth and error, and in so doing, to enjoy the benefits.
While we tend to think of Easter as the commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection, there’s someone else whose participation in that event deserves recognition.
Tempting as it may be to grouse about the dishonesty of others, the demand is to focus first on being honest ourselves.
Although I have no scientific evidence to back me up, I’d say a good number of religious people, as engaged and compassionate as they may be, live in a bubble.
Immunity from the ‘politics of hate’ begins with a healthy dose of unconditional love, both for ourselves and others.
Thanks to the Chicago Cubs, I have a much better idea of what it takes for ordinary Joes like me to overcome whatever obstacles seem to be standing in our way.
As important as it is to confront tyranny whenever and wherever it appears, the repression that appears in our own thinking remains an even more insidious enemy.