February has long been identified as a month of romance, particularly because Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14th in the Western world.
The history of the day is shrouded in mystery around one of the early “saints” Valentinus who was imprisoned for performed weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. According to legend just prior to his execution, he wrote a letter to a woman he loved and signed it “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Continue reading
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience,” once wrote Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist.
While experience is something, as one sage expressed it, that we sometimes wish happened to someone else, it is a necessary part of life. Experience teaches us and provides personal knowledge that helps us acquire skills. Gain insight. Develop maturity. And grow in wisdom. Continue reading
When Henry Kissinger was Secretary of State the story is told he once asked an assistant to prepare an analysis on a certain initiative. After putting in long hours on the project, he gave Kissinger the report. An hour later it was returned with a note to redo it.
The assistant stayed up all night redoing the report. Again Kissinger asked for him to redo it.
After the third attempt, the assistant asked to see Kissinger. “I’ve done the best I can do,” he told the Secretary. Continue reading
Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day. It is a national holiday, signed into law by President Reagan in 1983 to celebrate the life and work of the slain civil rights leader. The holiday is observed on the third Monday of January, but today it actually falls on his birthday, January 15.
While King’s legacy is his fight for justice, equality, and peace through non-violent resistance, he preached personal accountability, not only to his African American brothers and sisters but to all people. Continue reading
Cal Thomas tells a touching story that recently occurred while he was on a vacation crossing the Irish Sea on a Ferry.
While having breakfast in the lounge he noticed a young father playing with son, who he guessed to about 3 years year old. “The child said ‘Daddy’ in tender and loving way that it touched my heart,” Thomas wrote. Then suddenly the child “became ill and started throwing up and crying loudly.” Continue reading
“Christmas is not only a season of rejoicing but of reflection,” once mused Winston Churchill.
I think the atmosphere of the holiday season, coupled with winter weather and the close of another year all adds up to a time where we tend to ponder the past, consider the present and anticipate the future.
Søren Kierkegaard is credited with saying that “life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Indeed we look back to see where we were, how far we have come, and to consider where we are going. Continue reading
As I watched them tear a building down
A gang of men in a busy town
With a ho-heave-ho, and a lusty yell
They swung a beam and the side wall fell
I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,
And the men you’d hire if you wanted to build?”
He gave a laugh and said, “No, indeed,
Just common labor is all I need.” Continue reading