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The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns. Faith also means reaching deeply within, for the sense one was born with, the sense, for example, to go for a walk.


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Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of l...
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Toni Morrison said, "The function of freedom is to free someone else," and if you are no longer wrac...
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[S]he believed that the Buddhists were right–that if you want, you will suffer; if you love, you w...
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Laughter is carbonated holiness.
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It's good to do uncomfortable things. It's weight training for life.
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Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there s...
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I quit my last real job, as a writer at a magazine, when I was twenty-one. That was the moment when ...
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You don't always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too.
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I've known for years that resentments don't hurt the person we resent, but they do hurt us.
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E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only ...
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I happen to be a Christian, but I know that there is one God. People worshipping goodness and love a...
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I don't remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don't even know exist u...
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We must not inflict life on children who will be resented; we must not inflict unwanted children on ...
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Sometimes I think God loves the ones who most desperately ache and are most desperately lost - his o...
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We can't understand when we're pregnant, or when our siblings are expecting, how profound it...
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Every woman's path is difficult, and many mothers were as equipped to raise children as wire mon...
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Most marriages are a mess, and the children get caught between two bitter, antagonistic parents. My ...
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Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report wri...
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My mother was a not-too-devoted atheist. She went to Episcopal church on Christmas Eve every year, a...
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I don't have very sophisticated taste in music. I listen to a lot of folk music. I like reggae.
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My mother's eyes were large and brown, like my son's, but unlike Sam's, they were always...
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I'm drawn to almost any piece of writing with the words 'divine love' and 'impeachme...
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I think Jesus is divine love manifest on Earth, as it comes through the community of Christians.
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The Giants are usually described as rag tag, kind of a great garage sale team, and the Democrats are...
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All the older people who are thriving have stayed physically active — there are exceptions, and ev...
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I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path. We're here to know God, to love and se...
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For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that o...
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These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced."

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Why couldn't Jesus command us to obsess over everything, to try to control and manipulate people, to...
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Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down.
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Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You're done. It doesn't necessar...
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This is the most profound spiritual truth I know: that even when we're most sure that love can't con...
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When you make friends with fear, it can’t rule you.
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I don’t know why life isn’t constructed to be seamless and safe, why we make such glaring mistak...
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The thing about light is that it really isn’t yours; it’s what you gather and shine back. And it...
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... one of the immutable laws of being human is that the people who show up are the right people. [p...
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What you're looking for is already inside you. You've heard this before, but the holy thing inside y...
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If you haven't already, you will lose someone you can't live without, and your heart will be badly b...
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You want to protect your child from pain, and what you get instead is life, and grace; and though th...
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I realized I was going to get through this disappointing service, and anyway, you have to be somewhe...
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I liked those ladies! They were helpers, and they danced.' These are the words I want on my gravesto...
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One secret of life is that the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts o...
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... the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day. [pp. 65...
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I woke up full of hate and fear the day before the most recent peace march in San Francisco. This wa...
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