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By Shiloh Sophia She knew that if she let her old stories be in charge she would never get where she was going. So…she began to weave her own legend. Strand by strand she wove together the pieces of her […]

I see “Begin Again” as an ideal theme for this season. We have the supreme opportunity now in the autumn of our midlife to begin again. How shall we reinvent our Selves? What new programs, projects and passions are on […]

We are the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. We have united as one. Ours is an alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children and for the next seven generations to […]

The secret to living fully By Joan Chittister Being where we are—immersed in it, aware of it, alert to it—may well be the secret to living well, to living fully. It is a lesson to be learned. In a culture […]

  I loved the mothering years of my thirties. I did not bear children, but we don’t need to have given birth to be a mother. The archetypal Mother is not only a biological parent, She is a Mother of […]

—from Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life by Joan Chittister “Remember, Joan, you can’t ever really run away from anything,” my mother taught me. “In the end, you only take yourself with you.” At that […]

Several of my recent posts have been about the Self, including “What Exactly is the Self?” in which I wrote, “The Self is the sum of all of our parts, and holistically, it is greater than the sum of all […]

2015 was an especially, devastatingly, brutal year for so many people everywhere. So much anger, so much illness, so many disasters, so many deaths. An astonishing array of exceptionally vicious violence perpetrated upon untold millions of innocent folks going about their […]

–excerpts from “Peace” in Uncommon Gratitude by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams (Liturgical Press) …in my mind is the memory of one lone Chinese student who, rising from the midst of the protesters in Tiananmen Square, stood in front of […]

As we gather our information, facts, feelings, knowings, hearts, minds, energies, dreams, visions, intentions, actions and vibrations for the direction of the elections that are upon us, please review this poem by one of the US’s prominent contemporary poets.  She echoes […]