I’ve posted this Christmas prayer/mediation by Paramahansa Yogananda for the past few Christmases. I find it so beautiful that I thought I would post it again. But the difficult part, the nearly impossible part (at least for me), is living up to it…but it’s good, I think, to have something to aspire to. Merry Christmas.Continue reading “Christmas…”

Positive Scripture…

So first…a couple of things. One is that if you’ve been to this blog you know a few things about me. I like bread, yes; I prefer to ride a bike rather than drive a car, yes; but also that I–like so many others–am on a spiritual journey (but we all are whether we admitContinue reading “Positive Scripture…”

Where I’m at…

Image Found Here. “Oh no I’ve said too much; I haven’t said enough…” ~Michael Stipe, Losing My Religion This is a bit of personal stuff but I feel like I have to say it. There are a few people that know me that read this blog, and a number that I feel like I know—toContinue reading “Where I’m at…”

Five Quotes from Søren Kierkegaard

 Søren Aabye Kierkegaard   5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855 Yes, I know I said five quotes, but here’s ten. Could have gone on much longer, really inspiring… “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”  “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought whichContinue reading “Five Quotes from Søren Kierkegaard”

Three Quotes and a Short Video from John Fugelsang (for Easter)

“The only way you can cling to both a Bible and a gun is by ignoring Jesus.”“Obama is not a brown-skinned, anti-war, socialist who gives away free health care. You’re thinking of Jesus.”“Only in America can you be Pro-Death Penalty, Pro-War, Pro-Unmanned Drone Bombs, Pro-Nuclear Weapons, Pro-Guns, Pro-Torture, Pro-Land Mines, AND still call yourself Pro-Life.”Continue reading “Three Quotes and a Short Video from John Fugelsang (for Easter)”

Thoughts on the Parable of the Leaven…a story within a story

So if you’ve been to this blog before you know that I like bread. A lot. I enjoy eating it, of course, but I also enjoy making it. I’ve often said that bread makes itself, that we merely provide the correct conditions and guide it along; I am really fascinated by its process. I’m alsoContinue reading “Thoughts on the Parable of the Leaven…a story within a story”

Merry Christmas!

Photo Credit: Filipe Dana I came across these two photos yesterday and they inspired me to post them for Christmas. The above photo is of the Christ Statue, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in front of a full moon. And the below image is of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama praying in front of anContinue reading “Merry Christmas!”

The Longest Night…

Today is the winter solstice, which of course is also the longest night of the year. But it doesn’t have to be the darkest. From this night on, until the summer solstice, the days grow longer and the nights shorter. And I’ve used this example very recently (about light overcoming darkness) but I will again…whenContinue reading “The Longest Night…”

Five Parallel Sayings from the Christ and the Buddha

Image found here. I personally have always found the parallels between many (most) of the major religions fascinating, and these few sayings are just a very small example. Many more parallels in the sayings of these great teachers can be found at the World Peace Page. To read more in the five quotes series, clickContinue reading “Five Parallel Sayings from the Christ and the Buddha”

Five Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer  4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer was of course a German theologian and pastor who was anti-war and anti-Nazi and ultimately was executed by the Nazis for his involvement in the group known as Abwehr. I’ve read that in a last act of humiliation he was forced to walk entirelyContinue reading “Five Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer”

Good Friday Moon

The moon is amazing tonight. I was out on my bike and couldn’t take my eyes off it as I pedaled and coasted. The above image I took from my backyard (not bad for a point-and-shoot camera), and the below image is the Liberty Building with a low lying moon to its right. And ifContinue reading “Good Friday Moon”

Five Quotes from Thomas Merton

Monk, activist, writer, poet, and artist, Fr. Merton was a true renaissance man. He was friends with Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama, and a contemporary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Before his untimely death he penned a huge number of books pertaining to spirituality, poems, artwork, and an incredible and moving autobiography. HisContinue reading “Five Quotes from Thomas Merton”

Five Quotes from Jesus of Nazareth

This is another in the Five Quotes series on this blog, but I first have two preface the quotes with a couple comments. Firstly, I just wanted to say that I found the above photo at St. Francis Place. I chose the photo because I do believe that Jesus meditated (there are plenty of resourcesContinue reading “Five Quotes from Jesus of Nazareth”