News from Shem Center For Interfaith Spirituality
By Neil Douglas-Klotz
With the recent report by the UN climate panel, it becomes more urgent than ever to change our consciousness of nature and our activity within it. Arguably, the source of all of our current challenges lies in our inability to do this.
by Matthew Fox
Watching the committee hearings on Tuesday that revealed the suffering that January 6 wrought not just on our country but on the individual policemen that defended it bravely was sobering indeed. And also inspiring.
by Joan Chittister
In 1975, a quote in The Oak and the Calf carried a warning from one of the most profound thinkers of the era. “In our country,” Russian writer and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, “the lie has become not just a moral category, but a pillar of the state.” It gave me great pause until, now, I…
For Fr. Thomas McGlynn, OP, (1906 – 1977) the story of St. Martin’s life sparked a healing at the level of the soul, which then bore fruit in creativity. St. Martin de Porres was a revered healer in 17th-century Peru. The sanador of Lima’s El Rosaria priory, he treated the wounds and ills of his…Read More
Dear friends, The Gospel narratives during Holy Week tell a familiar story, this time a story that is particularly poignant. What has always been touching about these Holy Week readings is felt more deeply this time. From our socially distant places away from our families, friends and praying communities, the Gospel writers speak of the…Read More
Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq, March 5-8, 2021 highlights our dependency upon inclusiveness and respect among all peoples, holds an awareness of democracy as a fundamental human right. Central to the Pope’s visit is his clearly expressed esteem for the three ancient religions of Jews, Christians and Muslims. In his visit to the city of…Read More
By Pope FrancisPosted by Joseph Kilikevice, OP 1) The opening line, quoting St. Francis of Assisi“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a…Read More
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. — Voltaire(2-13-21, the Day of Donald trump’s acquittal by the US Senate.) To call upon God to be a witness to whatever one says and does is a matter of considerable seriousness. Whatever name one may use to call upon the power that…Read More
Fraternity and social friendship are the ways the Pontiff indicates to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference.Read More
A document written in 1993 belongs in “Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality News” because it has remained an ever present matter of concern for the peoples of the world. It continues to invite the citizens of the whole world to reflect, pray and act to bring about an awareness of the interdependence of all peoples…Read More