The Common Good

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My Advent Calendar: December 4

The fourth window of my Advent calendar opened to reveal a deer in the snow, a nostalgic vision of winter. A frosty Christmas card scene.
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Christmas Presence

A few years ago, as I and the rest of the audience waited patiently for a passion play to begin, a homeless man burst into the church and began running up the aisle, screaming.
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Odetta Has Gone Home

Odetta has gone home. Artists that touch our hearts help us to see, and they speak for us our own mute truth. A spiritual breath of courage and grace breathes through them and upon us. Our base selves, slouching away from our humanity, stand up straight and recognize that our human being is found in righteous relationships, and we are translated into our more noble selves.
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Who Moved My Cheese?

"The cheese is gone, someone came in and stole the cheese."
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Support Israeli Conscientious Objectors -- Free the Shministim

I've been thinking a lot about courage. See that fresh-faced, bold young woman on the right? Her name is Raz Bar-David Varon. She's an 18-year-old Israeli who just graduated from 12th grade. And as I write this, she's sitting in jail in Tel Aviv because she refuses to join the Israeli army.
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Your Photo Memos to Barack Obama

They say a picture is worth a thousand words

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India's 9/11

Many in India and across the world saw last week's hostage situation as In
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'Elders' Refused Entry to Zimbabwe as Cholera Claims Lives

"Either they don't know or they don't care." -Gracia Machel, referring to the government attitude on the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.
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