spirituality and faith

What If There Are No Mistakes?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day” Yesterday, a wise friend of mine drove me from our comfy little table outside a cafe in Old City Philadelphia to the beaten-down pounding lot set up by Philadelphia Parking Authority, because they had towed my car. I had been having a great conversation with two other women, but […]

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Saying Yes to Your Life

Do you know how to let go? I certainly didn’t, for a long time. I grasped on to everything tightly, like a kid gripping her bicycle’s handlebars. I thought that would keep me in control. Nothing would fail. Things wouldn’t go wrong, because I wouldn’t let them. Isn’t this cute? It reminds me of a boyfriend I had once who, when I told him that the relationship wasn’t working, declared, […]

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God Is Not a Game You Win

“Oh, life. It’s bigger. Is bigger than you, and you are not me.” –R.E.M., “Losing My Religion”  “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” –Hamlet   I met a man once who said he was an atheist, but that if anything were to happen to one of his kids, he knew he’d immediately pray. He also spent his Thanksgiving volunteering at […]

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Living the Questions

You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to […]

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Battling Hate with Love

We are all really vulnerable. We don’t want to believe that. We want to think we’re more powerful than we are, that we are in control of our lives. And sometimes, we are. Sometimes, life goes well. The babies are born on time, the grocery bill is cheap, the parking spot opens up just as we pull in. But other times, we recognize that someone can move into a space […]

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