Editor's note: Mata, BlogHer's longtime and much-loved contributing editor on religion and spirituality, passed away in May of 2013. I can think of no better tribute than re-running this post she wrote in 2009, on giving thanks. -- Julie
"If you're looking for inner peace from the outside world, you're not going to get that. The inner peace starts with looking at you from the inside. Understanding that everything that comes to you is what you are....more
“It seems essential to me that the major religions come to agree upon the importance of adopting a basic, universal, set of ethics.” – His Holiness, The Dalai Lama (tweeted March 2, 2011)
I was fifteen when I was accepted into the Advanced Placement program at my high school. I walked into the class a little nervous, took off my cheerleading jacket and sat down. The classroom door swung open and in stormed a lanky, balding man with thick glasses and a bushy, peppered beard.
I’d come to know Mr....more
In the rush of the holidays, we forget that there are gifts of the spirit to give -- things that have value but not monetary value. You cannot buy these things; you can only give them.
#1 The gift of time
Time is among the most valuable things we can give. Write out a gift certificate for time.
.....Give a friend a gift certificate for X amount of hours of free babysitting.
.....Give your spouse a certificate for a "Get Out of Chores " Free Day.
.....Give an older relative a gift certificate for X number of free sessions helping with housework or yardwork
July 30th, 2010 Great stuff.. My neighbors came back again with so many clothes for Isabella, and for Brandon. Old Navy Jacket for Brandon, I mean I had only 2 shoes for Isabella. Now I have tons. 2 amazing women....more
March 5th is the World Day of Prayer. There was strong resistance from all-male mission boards in the late 1800s, when talk of a World Day of Prayer (WDP) first surfaced among women in the American and Canadian missionary societies of various Christian denominations. Women saw the special needs of other women and of children in the developing world. They understood that prayer was needed but was not enough. Action was required, as well. And so they organized. One result was the World Day of Prayer, which has grown into a global movement.
When a cousin died five years ago, I came back to my small home town's Polish funeral parlor for an afternoon wake. I sat unobtrusively in the back. A small group of women filed in front of me who are the salt of this town's earth. They were members of the Rosary Sodality.
They live lives of necessary and practical frugality. All were dressed in similar fashion -- sturdy snow boots, slacks, puffy, quilted snow parkas and hand knit hats and scarves.
They are the family farm wives, with ruddy faces and chapped, calloused hands. They and their husbands have worked hard their entire lives, hoping to help their children to a better life. (The New England farm tends to be a small family business, not the large thousand-of-acres-farm of the American West and Midwest.)