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When Majesty Stooped: Princess Diana and the Incarnation

Have you ever met someone famous? How did it go? Were you nervous or were you too enthralled to be self-conscious? Did the cat catch your tongue or did you keep your wits about you and make a good impression? Encountering a celebrity on the street can strangely feel like a divine revelation. As we’ve […]

The Queen of Yoga and the Goodness of God

This post comes to us from Nick Comiskey: You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea … how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil. (Acts 10:37-38) In a year where […]

The Thankfulness of Michael J. Fox

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Is our optimism sustainable? This is a question posed by a recent interview People magazine conducted with Michael J. Fox, in anticipation of his forthcoming memoir, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality. […]

Jerry Seinfeld Discovers a Bottomless Pool of Energy

This is too good not to have its own post. In a Zoom interview for Sirius XM back in late May, Howard Stern asked Jerry Seinfeld if it is possible to will yourself to get better at something, e.g. your craft, your life, etc. Both men had just watched The Last Dance docu-series about Michael Jordan, and Howard felt that he had consciously willed himself to become a better talk show host. Here’s Jerry’s response, which is for the ages:

I’m going to adjust your perspective a little bit here. That was not will. What you were using, what Michael Jordan uses, what I use, it’s not will. It’s love. When you love something, it’s a bottomless pool of energy. That’s where the energy comes from, but you have to love it, sincerely — not because you’re going to make money from it or be famous or get whatever you want to get. When you do it because you love it, then you can find yourself moving up and getting really good at something you wanted to be good at. Will is like not eating dessert or something that is just forcing yourself. You can’t force yourself to do — to be — what you have made yourself into. You can love it. Love is endless. Will is finite.

On the Rachel Hollis Divorce: Girl, Here’s Some Mercy

Relishing Other People’s Struggles Just Reminds Me How Little I Believe in Mercy for Myself

Bo Burnham and a Cameo of Happiness

Kanye Rants, Anxiety, and the Insatiable Search for Meaning and Happiness

The Ministry of Weirdness, Courtesy of The Rev. Alfred Yankovic

Or, the Gospel According to Weird Al

Remembering Sy Sperling — and Your Pastor, Minister, or Priest

The Professionals are the Clients, Too

Miss Americana and the Heartbreaking Impossibility of Being Good

When Being the “Good Girl” Isn’t Good

Run to the Rescue with Love

Joaquin Phoenix’s Hollywood Sermon

Sitting Shiva for Kobe: On the Complicated Nature of Grief, and Humans

If there’s anything the movie This Is Where I Leave You taught me — besides that Tina Fey should not do accents — it’s about shiva, the Jewish tradition in response to the death of an immediate family member. I’d heard of shiva before but for the first time saw it dramatized in the film, […]

Because It Rains: Why Kobe Bryant’s Death Hit So Hard & Wide

The following was written by Isabella Yosuico. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45) Why has a death like that of Kobe Bryant—and his daughter and companions—hit so many so very hard? Even non-basketball fans have been […]