Category: Inspiration

Building Together

I watched as much as I could of both the RNC and the DNC, as they nominated their leaders. There were great speakers at both events, but I came away from the Donald Trump acceptance speech depressed and fearful. Trump offered hope, but only he was going to be able to deliver that hope. He was the man with all the answers, and it just didn’t feel right to me.

As I watched the DNC a Protestant Minister (Dr. William J. Barber) captured my attention. Who was he, and how come I had never heard of him? As he spoke he mentioned Dorothy Day. Now he really had my attention! And, s I did a little research, I discovered his work with Sr. Simone Campbell.

There is ample information on Dr. Barber, Dorthy Day, and Sr. Simone on google, so I invite you to do some googling.

What I really want to recommend to you is the speech by Dr. Barber, and a presentation by Sr. Simone Campbell. Both are inspiring and informative (in my opinion), as we struggle together to live our faith in today’s scary, and complicated world:





A Message from the Old to the Young


If you could go back and tell your younger self the most important thing you’ve learned, what would you say? The writer George Saunders tried it during a commencement speech – and his message went viral.

George Saunders’ latest book of short stories, Tenth of December was declared by The New York Times Magazine to be “the best book you’ll read this year.”

Saunders gave a commencement speech in 2013 at Syracuse University where he teaches writing. “What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness,” he said.

“Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering and I responded sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.”

The speech made its way around the world online. You can read the text here. It has now been published as a book, entitled Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.

Dear Grads: Above all, Be Kind: LISTEN ON CBC TAPESTRY

Vulnerable Hearts- The Craving for Mercy

Made in God’s image we all crave love and the tender compassion and mercy of our Creator. Pope Francis and Oscar Romero show us how to imitate Christ, and challenge us to reach out in merciful comforting compassion to those longing for God’s tender embrace. It is the embrace of the Father for his Prodigal Son. It is an evangelizing embrace of grace that inspires thankfulness, and joyful conversion and repentance.

The Transformative Leadership of two Latin American Pastors | Salt + Light Blog.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

“The Deer’s Cry”, attributed to St Patrick, is known by several names: “The Breastplate of St Patrick” and “Lorica” to mention two. It is a beautiful prayer celebrating a God who lives with his children, guiding them, sheltering them, strengthening them. A God who is with us and in us through his Creation. In 1994 Irish composer Shaun Davey put a section of the Breastplate to some wonderful music in his CD “The Pilgrim”. If you like Celtic music you will treasure this CD. This video attempts to enhance Shaun Davey’s music with some relevant images. HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY




(adapted by Concord Pastor)

Good and gracious God,

Give me friends who love me for who I am,
to love in return with all my heart…

Keep burning before my faltering steps
the light you hold on the path I walk…

Keep strong in my heart what faith I have
and help me deepen my trust in you…

May I ever be grateful for the life that’s mine
and lean on you when times are hard…

Make me joyful in all the gifts that are mine
and quick to share with those in need…

May I rise every morning to do your will
and may twilight find me peaceful and still…