Thich Nhat Hanh recently passed away. He has been a source of inspiration for me and my blog. He was a Buddhist Monk from Vietnam who advocated for peace across many platforms. I previously used his quote, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, and sometimes your smile is the source of your joy” …

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Collective effervescence

Collective effervescence is a sociological concept coined by Émile Durkheim. According to Durkheim, a community or society may at times come together and simultaneously communicate the same thought and participate in the same action. They become swept up into a world entirely different. He found that people within a group felt united in a more …

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Under the Yoke

‘Under the yoke’ is an expression that means under the mercy of an immense and unjust force, burden, or pressure. Often it refers to being under the rule of a brutal dictatorship or cruel government. A yoke is a plank of wood that connects two work animals together, or the act of connecting two things …

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While waiting in line for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I was reflecting on my activities of the past few months and was struck by how many ‘sins’ tie back to an absence of Joy. By letting our ‘Christian Joy’ slip away, we allow pride, envy, judgement of others, etc. to replace it. On Gaudete Sunday, …

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