The Starting Point of Community

“We share with one another the creative work of living in the world.”

Thomas Merton, Care of the Soul

Merton creates and then extinguishes a paradox of life: the question of whether it is the contemplative life, the interior life, the life focused on self-development, or the life of action, of deeds, of community development, that is the better. A colleague once remarked that...
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Grey February

“The Doldrums, my young friend, are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes.”

Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

I often feel in the Doldrums in February. Juster’s description of the graying surroundings, the cool, uncomfortable but not offensive air, the muted environment, it all just hangs. A little bit like the Waiting Place in Dr Seuss’s “Oh,...
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