Sunday thoughts #23: do good

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ:  all of us, not just Catholics,Everyone!  “Father, the atheists?”  Even the atheists.  Everyone!  And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class!  We are created children in the likeness of God, and the Blood of Christ hasContinue reading “Sunday thoughts #23: do good”

how you can help

Hey all – Hundreds of people lost everything yesterday when one of the most destructive tornadoes in history cut through the towns of Newcastle and Moore, Okla. Homes, schools, and businesses were leveled, and dozens lost their lives. Here’s how you can help. Please make sure you let others know, too. The Salvation Army is organizingContinue reading “how you can help”

father sees his son in Boston photo…

By TIM ROHAN Published: April 16, 2013 When Jeff Bauman woke up in a hospital bed on Tuesday, an air tube was down his throat, both of his legs had been amputated at the knee, and his father was by his side. He tried to talk, but he could not.  He looked angry, as he motioned hisContinue reading “father sees his son in Boston photo…”

how not to say the wrong thing

It works in all kinds of crises – medical, legal, even existential. It’s the ‘Ring Theory’ of kvetching. The first rule is comfort in, dump out. Thanks to my friend Sarah Murphy-Kangas for this – GREAT article by Susan Silk and Barry Goldman. When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, butContinue reading “how not to say the wrong thing”

this is your chance

Most of us just once, maybe twice, in our entire lifetime have the opportunity to choose whether or not to come down on the right side of history. This is your chance.   This is your opportunity to choose to not come down on the side of the oppressors, the ones who would withhold human rightsContinue reading “this is your chance”

no more Steubenvilles (how to raise boys to be kind)

Kim Simon is a mother and social worker. She blogs at Mama By the Bay and tweets at www.twitter.com/mamabythebay When Max was just a few months old, I sat cross-legged on the floor with him in a circle of other mothers.  The facilitator for our “Mommy and Me” playgroup would throw a question out to the group, andContinue reading “no more Steubenvilles (how to raise boys to be kind)”

sunday thoughts #15: kind beliefs lead to kind behaviors

If your understanding of the Divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, or self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God’s name, it was bad theology. ~Karen Armstrong