Tag Archives | No irredeemable people

Laura Widener | Harbor from the cold

The diner was a chorus of chatting patrons, clanging dishes, and yelping kitchen appliances when the young man in the tattered coat took a seat at the bar that morning. Baltimore’s winter mornings were unforgiving, and chilled bodies craving warmth occupied most of the diner’s seats. Despite the activity, the waiter behind the bar with the nametag “Eric” noticed the young man instantly: the hair styled in dirt and grease stemming […]

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Forgiveness | No irredeemable people

Who among us doesn’t need forgiveness? I’m not talking about forgiveness from the Divine, but from our fellow travelers on this planet. And who among us hasn’t struggled with forgiving others? Somehow, it’s one of the hardest things we’re called to do. This month’s contributors explore forgiveness from many angles. Our interview is with Sita Lozoff, the co-founder of the Human Kindness Foundation, which sponsors the Prison-Ashram Project, encouraging incarcerated […]

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Rose Shrader | You reap what you sow

I imagine my mom as a slender German girl, long strawberry-blonde hair, standing still in her school uniform in front of a gray and cheerless building, with all she owned in a suitcase, wondering when her mom would be coming back to get her. She did not know initially it was a German Catholic schoolhouse for disobedient girls or why her mom arranged for her to go there. Later on […]

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Melanie Figg | What there is

I sloughed off the weight of him. The burden of shame rinsing off like water paint coloring the sink, fascinating & temporary. Ascending & delightful to ascend. This is what the prophets promise. This is what I have found at the end of struggle: a clear field, room to run. The pond is deep blue & chilling, jarring as any act of grace: an audible gasp, erotic & begging for […]

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