Marí­a llora por las mujeres en Brasil

Las lágrimas de sangre que lloran las imágenes de la Virgen Marí­a en Brasil no son milagrosas, aunque sí­ podrí­an resultar en un milagro: terminar con la violencia contra las mujeres en este paí­s, donde 43,486 féminas murieron entre el 2000 y el 2010 -un 40% dentro de sus propias casas-, y donde no existió una ley protegiéndolas del abuso doméstico hasta el 2006. Las imágenes de Nuestra Señora son las protagonistas de una nueva campaña de la agencia Ligue180 …

A New America: Who Says We Can’t Do It?

Who says we can’t make it? Who says that this nation of muscle and dreams, of imagination and strength, can’t last through the next millennium? Who says differences will tear us apart and pettiness will drive holes in our moral structures? Who says that different peoples with different voices will crack the melting pot we have created when their voices rise as individuals in a mass culture? Who says that men who love men and women who love women will …

Have You Prayed Today? Probably

For more than 60 years now, Congress has set aside one day to be a National Day of Prayer (May 2 this year) – which, it turns out, older Americans may observe the most faithfully. More than two-thirds of all Americans 50 and older (67.1 percent), in fact, say that they pray at least once a day, according to the most recent survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Only 53.8 percent of adults under …

Maurice Sendak: “Live Your Life, Live Your Life…”

Writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died last year at the age of 83, loved his regular conversations with NPR host Terry Gross, who many consider the best interviewer in public radio. In late 2011, illustrator Christoph Nieman stumbled upon a discussion between the two that was, as they say in public radio, a “driveway moment” in which Sendak considered his mortality, while paying the highest compliments to Gross. The New York Times was smart enough to run Nieman’s drawings …

Online Religious and Spiritual Programs: A God-send

Until recently, if you were confined to your house, a hospital, or long-term care, you might get a visit from a chaplain or a weekly religious service at the facility. But for the more spiritual and religious, that feels like putting a penny in the money basket at church-a nice gesture, but inadequate. The advent of online religious and spiritual offerings may be the answer to your prayers. With a mobile device or a computer (any web-based platform), it doesn’t …

Easter Springs a Renewal of Hope

A shiny new pair of shoes, a hot cross bun, hiding colorful eggs, the big furry white bunny, the resurrection, a basket full of candy….What does Easter mean to you? Obviously, as we pass through different phases of life it means different things. As I am now 51 years old, which means I have completed several life phases, it is none of the above. It is more than something that is tangible. It is hope. Hope is a powerful thing. …