Category Archives: Here and Now

Here and Now: Presence

​Living in the here-and-now gives us the opportunity to experience Presence.  When we are preoccupied with what has happened, or with what might happen, we risk missing what IS happening. Recent studies have shown that the notion we can multitask … Continue reading

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Here and Now: The Pace of Grace

​Having laid our foundation for here-and-now living in Scripture and tradition, the rest of this series will be more topical in nature.  And I can think of no better segway than to look at the pace of grace. Living in … Continue reading

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Here and Now: William Barber, II and Liz Theoharis

​I choose to end our look at tradition (e.g. people and movements) with William Barber II and Liz Theoharis, the two co-leaders of the renewed Poor People’s Campaign.  They represent a growing grassroots movement for reform that is rooted in … Continue reading

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Here and Now: Henri Nouwen

​I cannot write about here-and-now living without mentioning Henri Nouwen.  Although he did not introduce me to the idea, he has added significant content and perspective to it. Nearly all his books speak about living in the present moment.  But … Continue reading

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Here and Now: Rosa Parks

​I deliberately write about Rosa Parks today, to point through her to the power of here-and-now living, and that with respect to nonviolent resistance to injustice and racism.  Her decision not to give up her seat on the Montgomery city … Continue reading

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Here and Now: Dorothy Day

​When I think of Dorothy Day, I immediately connect her life and work to Jesus’ words, “as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).  … Continue reading

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Here and Now: Thomas Merton

​We are fortunate to have the journals, letters, writings, and recordings of Thomas Merton.  Even a cursory walk through them confirms Merton’s intention to live in the here-and-now.  Today, I illustrate his commitment in these ways. First, he embraced the … Continue reading

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