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Living Poorer Wendell Berry has been writing and living a life of limits, simplicity, and letting go for many years. For Ragan Sutterfield, Berry is a model of Christian renunciation. He quotes him in his America…
Bhutan's Model of Gross National Happiness In an article written for the National Catholic Reporter, Joan Chittister recalls seeing a road sign when she was in Bhutan in June. It said: "Start early / Drive slowly / Arrive safely." She immedi…
The Joy of Byzantine Catholicism By Chris Woods in the KidSpirit Happiness Issue I was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. Shortly after I was born, my family moved and we became parishioners at a Byzantine Catholic Church …
A Prayer for Those Living in PovertyUSA The largest "state" in the United States is PovertyUSA. Nearly one in six Americans (46 million people), and one in four children, live there. The government's official poverty threshold for a famil…
The Nun Who Broke Into the Nuclear Sanctum On July 28, 2012 an 82-year-old nun and two companions breached extensive security set-ups at the Oak Ridge nuclear reservation in Tennessee in order to nonviolently voice their protest against this…
Happiness Through Service By Jung Woo Be for KidSpirit’s Happiness issue. There is a widespread view that happiness is obtained through reciprocity — in other words, that how much we receive in any given exchange dict…
A Prayer in Response to the Arizona Shootings On January 8, 2011, Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic member of the U.S. Congress, was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona, while holding a public event. Six other people at t…
Who Are You? In his blog called "The Haystack," Edward Hays, one of our favorite spiritual teachers, ponders the question "Who Are You?" and comes up with our capacity for awe and wonder. In the creative biograp…
Awakening By Melynn Oliver for KidSpirit's The Nature Truth issue. I have been raised in the Catholic faith since the day I was adopted. As a baby, I received the first sacrament: Baptism. Baptism symb…
John Irving on Fear In an interview with NPR about his latest novel Avenue of Mysteries, John Irving states: "I've always written about what I fear. Maybe the most autobiographical element in my novels is that they're …