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homelessness in New York City

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A prominent stereotype today is homeless people.

In several recent conversations I’ve had with folks about homeless people, the common attitude was, “If they had any ambition, they wouldn’t be homeless. They’re simply irresponsible.”

In other words, it’s their own fault. But is it?

The Canadian organization, New Leaf Project, recently did a research project on homelessness. They gave 115 homeless people $7,500 each. One year later, most of the 115 people had $1,000 in savings, and were able to feed themselves and their families.Read more

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Many years ago, I had a startling experience with love and religion.

Still a teenager, I’d joined the US Navy. (Military service was required in those days.) Stationed far from my New York home, I was lonely and homesick, as were my shipmates. Simon (not his real name), my closest friend on the ship, was also from New York.

We were docked in San Diego, California at the time. Simon and I took a weekend off to explore San Diego. We “accidentally” came across a hospitality house owned by a Protestant church.Read more

sex love spirituality

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A while ago, a reader asked us to talk about the spirituality of sex.

If you were raised as we were, in the Roman Catholic Church, you’ll undoubtedly remember sex was something you didn’t talk about. You got the idea it was evil. So how could it possibly be spiritual?

Among the Church’s rules was sex, and even thoughts about it, were evil. Except, of course, within the narrow and strictly controlled confines of marriage. Any violation was sure to send you to Hell for all eternity.Read more

love and politics

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In this era of bitter partisan politics, while the black cloud of the coronavirus is hanging over our heads, love might seem like a strange topic to talk about. Especially when you combine it with politics.

As you know if you’ve been with us a while, we have no political convictions or values. We’ve done our best to remain “above the fray” of politics over the years. However, earlier this week, on Mother’s Day, I watched New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s news conference.Read more

coronavirus cure: love

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There is no passion so contagious as that of fear. ~ Michel de Montaigne

 

One of our readers asked us what country the coronavirus started in. Spirit’s short answer did not address that specific question, but the broader meaning of the virus.

Spirit

Sometimes the universe will send you a seeming catastrophe in a blatant move to wake you up. (Coronavirus, for example.)

You, your world, your countries have been fighting and warring with each other for centuries. Where has that gotten you?Read more