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Archive for the ‘Sacred Days’ Category

Jul
2011
18
Nelson Mandela's birthday wish

Nelson Mandela’s birthday wish

Inspire change, and celebrate the Nobel Prize winner’s 93rd, by doing 67  minutes of good deeds today BY PAUL KAIHLA — July 18 is South Africa’s annual Good Samaritan’s day. This year, Nelson Mandela turned 93. And the tradition here is to donate 67 minutes to helping others in honor of the former freedom fighter’s ...
Apr
2011
22
'Easter moment' cures loneliness and fear

‘Easter moment’ cures loneliness and fear

How would you survive the loss if your best friend, mentor or shrink were crucified? You’d have to awaken your own inner guru. DAVID RICKEY — His career was short and ended with his crucifixion. It looked like failure. What had Jesus accomplished? At most a few miracles, healings and teachings. That was it. Or ...
Mar
2011
16
Which would you choose: Peace or good luck?

Which would you choose: Peace or good luck?

What’s the difference between praying for something and crossing your fingers? Is ‘going for the jackpot’ spiritually incorrect? BY MICHELLE MORRA-CARLISLE – With $100 I can buy a lottery ticket that could win me a car, a big house in the city or a lakeside mansion in cottage country. I can’t afford the ticket, but ...
Mar
2011
1
Ash Wednesday - Evolving from an Ego-driven Life to a Life of Grace

Ash Wednesday – Evolving from an Ego-driven Life to a Life of Grace

Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down. Ashes on your forehead can begin a reorientation of your heart. BY DAVID RICKEY — In the Judeo-Christian tradition, ashes are a symbol of penitence and mortality. In the Old Testament, Job sits in ashes both because he has lost his children and all his livestock and because he ...
Dec
2010
17
The Truth is in the Music

The Truth is in the Music

If the story of Christmas Eve feels like a myth, it is — a very truthful and divine one. DAVID RICKEY — As I approach Christmas, I find myself asking the question normally reserved for Passover: Why is this night different from all other nights? What is it about the sacred Christmas story that so engages ...
Dec
2010
1
Santa Claus: International man of mystery

Santa Claus: International man of mystery

SPIRITUAL IQ QUIZ — He’s big. He’s hairy. He’s said to tear through the night sky accompanied by magical reindeer. Santa Claus makes a truly weird symbol of conspicuous consumption. Maybe that’s because he’s a figure whose spiritual roots sit deeper than today’s commercial culture. Santa as we know him today symbolizes holiday cheer,...
Nov
2010
6

“Rule the hearts of thy servants and the President of the United States”

On this First Day of Advent, The Great Litany has a new ring under an Obama presidency That it may please thee so to rule the hearts of thy servants, the President of the United States, and all others in authority, that they may do justice, and love mercy, and walk in the ways of truth. ...
Sep
2010
19
What are the spiritual origins of Thanksgiving?

What are the spiritual origins of Thanksgiving?

SPIRITUAL IQ QUIZ — The Thanksgiving celebration is not uniquely American (or if you’re Canadian, an October thing). Festivities expressing gratitude for prosperity and abundance occur in practically every culture, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, and beyond. So if you need an escape between family feuds and football, we give you...
Mar
2010
2
Jesus or the Easter Egg: 'Witch' Came First?

Jesus or the Easter Egg: ‘Witch’ Came First?

Ever wonder how bunny eggs, death and resurrection fit together?  A pagan history of  the goddess, and how the church stole Easter GUEST COLUMN: DANNY KENNY — Ever since I was an angelic little boy, there are many reasons why I’ve always loved Easter. But I would no longer be angelic in good Irish Catholic ...
Mar
2010
2
Soul's Code Trivia Quiz - The Easter Bunny Cometh

Soul’s Code Trivia Quiz – The Easter Bunny Cometh

Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, the resurrection of Christ: How much do you know about the true origins of our Easter traditions? Easter to many of us means egg hunts, sunrise services and Honey Baked® ham dinners at which to stuff ourselves while catching up with relatives we (gratefully) see only a few times a year… ...