vol. 6, num. 2 :: 2007.01.26 — 2007.02.09
For folks in certain parts of the world, January is a time when weather can force us to slow down, stay indoors. What happens when we stop? Stop running, stop speaking, stop being afraid, stop hating, stop smoking, stop…?
A resigned nurse learns to be still and value a new kind of productivity.
A summer in a national park teaches the difference between productivity and fruitfulness.
A recounting of lately stumbled-upon wisdom regarding grace, redemption and forgiveness.
The mother of an infant girl struggles to stay in the present through crisis.
An account of a sabbatical retreat and an invitation to a firsthand experience.
On a simple discipline for learning to be still.
A review of the film Notes On A Scandal directed by Richard Eyre.
The "how" and "why" of taking a spiritual retreat.
What do we do in the moments that add up to eternity?
St. Benedict?s Table strives to cultivate a liturgy for vital worship.
A directory of retreat centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, with resources for potential retreatants.
Excerpts from a blog kept by Seargeant First Class Jonathan Trouern-Trend on bird watching during his tour in Iraq.
What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned!
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
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