Archive for the ‘Heard and Read January 2009’ Category

Rachel Naomi Remen on the financial crisis

January 22, 2009

From Repossessing Virtue: Rachel Naomi Remen and Economic Crisis as Spiritual Journey

“It’s what do we sail our boats by? What’s the star that guides our boat? Is it fear? Or is it something else? And there’s a wonderful quote which goes like this, “Often you can see the light from your star most clearly after it has grown dark.” And it’s grown dark. And a lot of people have discovered they’re not sailing their boat by anything. And they might notice that there is a star that they will follow, and I think that’s the opportunity.”

Barack Obama on What is called for

January 22, 2009

“In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s great religions demand—that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister’s keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.”

Source: “A More Perfect Union,” a speech given at Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA, March 2008

Krista Tippett on a teacher she met in Minnesota

January 21, 2009

I found this on the Speaking of Faith Website in a PDF.

“By the time I met Godfrey the year before his death he was in his 90’s and frail, no longer foraging for mushrooms nor openly changing the life of the Church. But he was luminous. When I interviewed Studs Terkel at 93, I was reminded of Godfrey, though Studs calls himself an agnostic, which he defines with a smile as “a cowardly atheist.” Like Godfrey he glowed with a life well lived, a life defined by words well chosen, by grand ideas elicited as well as offered, and by a web of life-giving relationship. Studs Terkel and Godfrey Dieckmann look alike in my mind’s eye: gray haired and flush-faced, large and generous and full of light even as their bodies were traveling the end stretch of incarnation.”

Joan Chittister on Stability

January 21, 2009

From “Respossessing Virtue: Joan Chittister on Christmas”

on the first Christmas gifts…

“Why these three things? Why not palm branches and pomegranates and grapes? Why gold, frankincense and Myrhh – generosity, serenity and spirit, new spirit.”

on stability…

“Stability is being the best of who you are, wherever you are. Bringing the best of what you can bring to whatever the situation is that you are in, to staying with the spiritual life, staying with the search for God at this moment in time. It brings the best out of you. It doesn’t stop you from growing; it demands that you grow.”