Tag Archives: Epiphany

When you’re desperate enough

How desperate do you feel? Thoreau believed most people “lead lives of quiet desperation” (Walden, “Economy”), not the frantic desperation of someone who’s in imminent danger, but the subtler kind, the low-level anxiety that slowly eats away at us. We may pretend it doesn’t exist, but once in a while it bubbles up and lets […]

Your light has come

The main problem with Christmas, I sometimes think, is the infant Jesus. The sweet babe of Bethlehem is such a winsome figure, it’s easy to romanticize him and forget Simeon’s words when Mary presented her newborn son in the temple: “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and […]

Your light has come

We don’t see things as they are, according to the Talmud; we see things as we are. What we see is often a projection of our inner self. What we see in others that we find most distasteful or abhorrent is often the thing in ourselves that we have not yet accepted and come to […]