“There was no room at the inn, but God came anyway.”*

I just remember their kindness and goodness to me, and their peacefulness and their utter simplicity. They inspired real reverence, and I think, in a way, they were certainly saints. And they were saints in that most effective and telling way: sanctified by leading ordinary lives in a completely supernatural manner, sanctified by obscurity, by …

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Mudita — Joy for Others

He who dies with the most toys wins. -- Malcolm Forbes If you're one of my loyal readers, you have undoubtedly heard me refer to metta -- or lovingkindness -- many times. I generally think of metta in terms of the meditation practice, but the word itself refers to one of the four Brahma Viharas, the highest, most divine …

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“My” Meditation Teacher: Bart van Melik

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. -- Anonymous Several years ago, I attended a Chinese-speaking temple for several months with our dear neighbor Melissa. The abbess and congregants went out of their way to ensure that I always knew what was going on by providing a translator for me, and they couldn't …

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If there’s no God, who am I talking to?

This morning, I woke up with a killer migraine. I took meds and went back to bed. As I was lying there waiting for the medication to kick in and/or to fall back asleep, I said a prayer to Archangel Raphael, the "healing angel." In my woozy, headachy state I asked myself, "Do I really …

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