Tag Archive for ‘love’

How to Be Good

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. —Mary Oliver, Wild Geese Once, I was talking to my father about religion and faith and his conversion to Christianity, and he told me that he  believes what he believes because […]

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What It Means to Live

Let me start off this post by saying I don’t know anything. Like, nothing. I am wildly talented and disciplined, but I lack worldly success. Nothing is ever enough for me. I want things to be perfect, and nothing ever is. I am difficult to please at the same time as I am humbled and overcome by how wonderful the world is. I think I am low-maintenance, but no one […]

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Don’t Take Your Mother for Granted

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings        That then I scorn to change my state with kings. –Shakespeare, Sonnet 29 Here is what happens. When a culture elevates one group or party above others, we have a tendency to want to become the “elevated ones.” That makes sense, doesn’t it? We look to them for how to be in the world. We want what they have, we want […]

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FirstDay Sermon: Love Is Not a Numbers Game. Life Is Not a Matter of Numbers.

“For if we think of this existence of the individual as a larger or smaller room, it appears evident that most people learn to know only a corner of their room.” –Rainer Maria Rilke This past week, I was preparing to teach one of my college classes in which students read academic articles about culture and then respond by writing analytical essays. (Wow, that sounds boring.) Our particular focus is […]

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FirstDay Sermon: Unconditional Love

“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation…. Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over, and uniting with another (for what would a union be of something unclarified and unfinished, still subordinate—?), it is a high inducement to the individual […]

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