March 2, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments
“Instead of giving up chocolate or fasting, sometimes I’ll say I’m giving up self-neglect for Lent…” Dr Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Lent is special for me this year. I am giving up distracting habits. You know, the ones that consume the mind and the desires. I am seeking the Holy, not seeking to be holy. Never before has Lent been so special and my guess is that it will never be the same again. Such a fresh (and true) perspective.
February 24, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments
“Jesus was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.” From the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Just this morning I was told about a fascinating novella written in 1884 titled Flatland. I found a brief description of the book…
Edwin Abbott Abbott’s Flatland is the story of a two-dimensional universe as told by one of its inhabitants, A-Square, who is introduced to the mysteries of three-dimensional space…
As I pondered its thesis it quickly occurred to me that this book is indeed an allegory of life in America today. In many ways we live in a two-dimensional world of black/white and good/bad. Our choices are all too frequently binary when the truth is, there are almost infinitely more choices.
February 17, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments
“I love my freshly grounded Turkish coffee.” Comment overhead by Fr Greg Boyle
On an early morning walk on the streets of New York City, Homeboy Industries Founder Fr Greg Boyle overheard this very non-descript comment from a construction worker talking about the pleasures of freshly grounded coffee.
February 10, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments
“What we are experiencing today is more than the Great Resignation and it’s more than the Great Reset. It is all about reimagining.” Futurist Bob Johansen
For me, futurist Bob Johansen offers a message of hope. Yes, we live in the most troubling of times, perhaps ever faced by human civilization. Many of the social structures upon which we have set our hopes and our safety are rapidly disappearing. In last week’s post I talked about our discontent with media and government and religion. We are witnessing the gradual (yet imminent) demise of each.
February 3, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments
“The prime dread of the human condition is the terror of emptiness, of the absence of meaning, and of the empty space of our own death.” From a Maria Popova Blog
So… after a two-month break in blogs and podcasts I have resurfaced. Yes… two months of pondering and searching in some sort of “spiritual quest” to better understand the vast vacuum of meaning and purpose in everyday American life.
With consideration, prayer, discussion, spiritual direction, therapy, and Lord knows whatever other means of gathering wisdom and insight, I have come upon an idea of has been troubling me. The dreary quote above describes what I see as the American social angst which may be described as contempt for the institutions we have treasured for the last couple hundred years: religion and government and media. All the above have let us down.