Monthly Archives: March 2017

How to deal with True Believers

by Michael Maciel In our Post-Truth world, we need to find a way to interact with those for whom belief is more important than facts. And nowhere is this more important than in the arena of religion and religious beliefs. … Continue reading

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What Is Faith?

by Michael Maciel The word “faith” describes the universal presupposition that there is a truth, overarching and eternal, a single principle that governs the universe with absolute inclusivity and at every level, even though we do not know what it … Continue reading

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What Is Spiritual Development?

by Michael Maciel Why should we concern ourselves with “spiritual development”? Isn’t it better to let our spirituality unfold naturally? I think the word “unfold” implies a natural process, whereas the word “develop” implies taking something natural and changing it … Continue reading

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What Is True?

by Michael Maciel The word “faith” describes the universal presupposition that there is a truth, overarching and eternal, a single principle that governs the universe with absolute inclusivity and at every level, even though we do not know what it … Continue reading

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What Is Renunciation?

by Michael Maciel We are awash with the world, saturated by it. From the moment we wake up in the morning until we go to bed at night, our cares and concerns fill our consciousness and shape our thoughts. No … Continue reading

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What Is Holiness and How Do We Get It?

by Michael Maciel Much of what we call “holy” is based on a belief that the world is not. This is a great tragedy. It isn’t that we should behave as though everything is good and therefore we should get … Continue reading

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What Is Sacrifice?

by Michael Maciel It is customary to bring a bottle of wine, or some other gift, when you go to someone’s house for dinner. It’s not a law but it’s a nice gesture. It says a couple of things: 1) … Continue reading

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Lent—What Are Voluntary Hardships?

by Michael Maciel If you give up something for Lent, it should be something meaningful. Like candy to a kid. Sweet pleasures, lackadaisical attitudes, indulgent binges – these are good places to start. You know the saying: No Pain, No … Continue reading

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