The spread of the virus COVID-19 has truly disrupted our way of life, and it will surely continue to do so, even after this pandemic is over. As college and university students in the United States, we were sent back to our home towns as our in-person classes have been suspended and moved to online platforms. For all of us, the life we enjoyed attending classes and spending time with our friends came to an abrupt end. And, for some of us, it isn’t all that bad; we still get to stay in the comfort of our homes, enjoy daily meals, [...]
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I’ve been thinking about this question – ‘does gratitude to God make sense today?’ – following the deaths of three close friends in these past three weeks. At a Center dedicated to the wisdom of religious and spiritual traditions across the world, it helps in times like these to ask the most important questions in the clearest possible form. What do we make of gratitude to God in times like these? The divine-human connection includes the premise that we experience contradiction, chiefly between the idea of a loving deity and the daily sufferings humanity faces, as evident from specific conflict zones [...]
Let us pray for grocery store workers, delivery drivers, and those with essential jobs Let us pray for those who are facing unemployment Let us pray for comfort and patience while in isolation Let us pray for wisdom, strength, and faith beyond our own Let us pray for those who are grieving from the sudden loss of loved ones Let us pray that our necessary items are available at grocery stores Let us pray for love and selflessness Let us pray that we arise from this pandemic stronger and wiser Let us pray for meaningful moments of reflection Let us pray [...]