Some popular research data recently emerged claiming that human beings are moving on a kinder, gentler trajectory. The evidence, fewer wars where thousands were slaughtered.  Fewer murders in towns and cities.  Therefore, they say, evil is losing out, the good is thriving.  One glance at the news suggests otherwise, and all the evidence in my…Read More

Thy Will Be Done

In choosing good

Recently I had a reason to revisit these sacred words from a prayer that gets repeated daily by more than 2 billion Christians on this planet. God to me is a synonym for goodness, love and compassion. So whenever I hear the Lord’s Prayer my mind goes to all the great illuminators, the great figures…Read More

Last Christmas, Maureen Down printed a guest column for her at the New York Times, from a close friend, Father Kevin, a priest who seems to work wonders with the dying and the suffering—even though he’s honest about his own human reluctance to enter into the suffering of others. She said that once Father Kevin…Read More