The poets, along with the prophets, urge us to breathe, really breathe. For it is only in breathing and being aware of our breaths, that we become truly mindful of our bodies and the bodies of all those around us. We know we are alive through that mutual breath. We know the others are too. Being alive together, breathing the same air unites us, as nothing else does. And if we all share the same breath, do we not all share the same life?
In the slow, seductive sunset of the world The sun moves from the bright overhead of noon Its eye on the horizon. It licks the trees slowly, as if it has never tasted green before. It slides orange arms around their trunks, in languorous embrace. The shadows of the wrens dance beside them, grown now … Continue reading The Dust of Night
America at the end of 2016 faces not only the Rumsfeldian cosmos of known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns, but an entire Twitterverse of unknown known unknowns. We live now in the Strawberry Fields, where nothing is real and there’s nothing to hung about.
Two weeks ago, 61,900,000 people for voted for Donald Trump. I was not among them. Like 64,000,000 others, I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton received the majority of votes, but to the consternation of her voters, she lost anyway, due to the USA’s Electoral College system, which is less concerned with absolute … Continue reading My Family and Friends: Why They Voted For Trump
Simon Peter wanted forgiveness, but he could only find it in getting on with the mission.
Using the Bible story of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac, Foer's new novel Here I Am explores the unraveling of a family which seems from the outside to be pretty perfect, but whose members no longer even know each other.
(Note: I will sometimes use the pronoun He for God here, to reflect the story as told to me as a child and throughout my formative years. – John) I grew-up believing that God was love; that this loving God formed me in my mother’s womb in this loving God’s image and for this loving … Continue reading Why You Can’t Have Hell and a Loving God — john pavlovitz
In the beginning was The Logos and The Logos was with God and The Logos was God.-The Gospel According to St. John 1:1. In one of the most difficult and powerful passages in the Western spiritual canon, St. John the Gospeller wrote those mysterious words. They have been fought over, wrestled with, mocked, twisted and, … Continue reading Unimaginable Grace
Donald Trump is the perfect American presidential candidate. I write that without irony, for I mean it sincerely. He is perfect for us because of his perfectly American values. He does not so much reflect those values as he does incarnate them: he is Very American of Very American, as St. Athanasius might have written, … Continue reading Donald Trump is the Perfect American Presidential Candidate
Controversy When Barack Obama was running for President, I was excited about his proposal for health care reform. He was committed to a goal of universal coverage, setting some ground rules at the national level for the messy state-regulated health insurance markets, a massive expansion of Medicaid/SCHIP coverage for folks who made too much to … Continue reading Epic Fail: The (Relatively Short) Confessions of an Insurance Company Chairman