Another Brick in the Wall

"Did you see the wall?" The question legitimately confused me the first time someone asked. Which wall? *** The Western Wall The stones of the last standing Temple wall were painted orange with the sunset of my second day in Israel. They were larger than I had imagined, thousands of prayers crammed into the narrow …

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Love is the Absence of Judgement

The below picture was posted on a popular social media platform sometime today with the title, "LA's Union Station. One guy opened up his suitcase to help the other." As both a Catholic Worker and a human being, this picture fills me with hope. It reminds me that no matter how shitty things can be and …

Keep Your Apology

"Fuck you, motherfucker!" I hurled that directive across the room to the silver haired burn out in my Conflict Resolution class last week - it was our first attempt at non-violent communication. Well... shit. Given the slightly passive-aggressive "It's OK To Be Angry" news article our instructor emailed and the 'therapeutic' (read: punitive) journal entry …

Meditations on Non-Violence to the Self.

There are three simultaneous aspects of non-violence: Non-violence to the self. Interpersonal Non-Violence Global Grassroots Non-Violence (Of course, these are not my own inventions but are borrowed from another's paradigm.) Simultaneous...occurring at the same time, which means they are interconnected. Which means they affect each other - both positively and negatively correlated. So...when does non-violence …