READING! “My” for Monday, August 3rd

Happy new week and new month (since the last time I posted this “My” feature!)

As I mentioned last week, I’m now starting each day’s “My” post with a quote from Franciscan Father Richard Rohr’s daily email that I receive from his Center For Action and Contemplation.

As I start my day with this rich wisdom and share it with you, I hope it helps your day to be the best it can be!

On Sunday, Father Richard began this week’s theme of German Christian mystics with this overview:

We live in a time of both crisis and opportunity.

While there are many reasons to be anxious, I still have hope. Westerners, including Christians, are rediscovering the value of nonduality: a way of thinking, acting, reconciling, boundary-crossing, and bridge-building based on inner experience of God and God’s Spirit moving in the world.

We’re not throwing out our rational mind, but we’re adding nondual, mystical, contemplative consciousness.

When we have both, we’re able to see more broadly, deeply, wisely, and lovingly.

We can collaborate on creative solutions to today’s injustices.

From today’s reflection by Fr. Richard:

I am sorry to say that many women mystics were not even noticed. Julian of Norwich (c. 1343–c. 1416) and Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179) would be two major exceptions, though even they have often been overlooked.

Hildegard spoke often of viriditas, the greening of things from within, analogous to what we now call photosynthesis.

She saw that there was a readiness in plants to receive the sun and to transform its light and warmth into energy and life.

She recognized that there is an inherent connection between the Divine Presence and the physical world.


Here’s the excellent sources that I feature each day – The Week and the Five Things to Know Today

The Conversation

Good News Network site and the Daily “Good News in History”

Creighton U. Daily Reflections

National Catholic Reporter – Copy Desk Daily, August 3, 2020

And James Hohmann in today’s episode of the Daily 202 Big Idea Podcast updates what we know so far about VP Biden’s search for his running-mate (which now won’t be announced until next week)


And here’s the link (which stays the same each day) to “My”

The Ed Tech Emergent Daily, Friday August 3rd You can bookmark this link!


[IMPORTANT COVER STORY] – ‘This Push to Open Schools Is Guaranteed to Fail”

Key quote from this article in The Atlantic:

“This push to open schools is guaranteed to fail,” says Peter Hotez, a pediatrician and molecular virologist, and the dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

I’ve been corresponding with Hotez, and with several epidemiologists, over the course of the pandemic, and have noticed a starkness in their views in recent weeks.

“The social-distancing expectations and mask requirements for the lower grades are unrealistic,” Hotez told me. “In communities with high transmission, it’s inevitable that COVID-19 will enter the schools. Within two weeks of opening schools in communities with high virus transmission, teachers will become ill. All it will take is for a single teacher to become hospitalized with COVID and everything will shut down.”


Scientists have backed away from the worst-case climate scenario — and the best one too

The four types of climate denier, and why you should ignore them all

A reader’s quick guide to all 13 novels on the Booker Prize 2020 longlist

It Is Clear By Now that We Are Not All In This Together


Father Richard’s “Prayer For Our Community” this week:

O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us.

May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings.

Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory.

Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . .

Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.


Finally, since my family isn’t having a trip/vacation this summer, I’m reviewing and sharing photos from past summer vacations.

Summer of 2018

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