Tag Archives: repentance

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 […]

Attentiveness

Being completely silent and fully present in the moment, being perfectly immersed in prayer or in any relationship, is hard work! “How rare the moment and how brief the duration,” Nelson Thayer, my meditation teacher in seminary, often said. He was referring to that moment in prayer or meditation when distractions let go and we […]

Three Rs for today

Seldom has a question caught my attention as suddenly and completely as the one I overheard on a busy street in Manhattan more than thirty years ago. I had spent the day in Midtown and was headed back to the Port Authority to catch a bus for New Jersey. It was shortly after 5:00 and […]