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Awakening love in the soul

November 30, 2018 Fourteenth century Persian Sufi Poet Hafiz said, in one of his many beautiful verses, "People say that on hearing the song the soul entered the body, but in reality the soul itself was the. more »»

Remembering our Ring Day

October 26, 2018 Yesterday was Ring Day at the O'Brien household. Oct. 25 is the anniversary of the day Linda and I bought our wedding rings down in Washington, D.C. back in 1997. more »»

We can benefit from stirring the bucket

September 28, 2018 According to Chuck Todd, moderator of "Meet the Press," a poll many years ago asked if it mattered to you if your son or daughter married someone of the other political party. more »»

What the "new religious person" will be like

August 24, 2018 Many thanks to my friend Ethel Hornbeck, director of spiritual formation at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, for sending me this quote from her former mentor, Franciscan nun and theologian Ilia... more »»

Continue to love everyone

August 3, 2018 Friday night I had a dream. I was at a meeting of some official governing body of an unidentified country. more »»

Why the coal miners voted for Trump instead of Clinton

June 22, 2018 The other day, a friend forwarded a link about the condition of Appalachia 50 years after Robert Kennedy visited there in 1968. The article compared that time with Trump time now. more »»

Recapturing the wonder of Earth

April 27, 2018 Last month, this column referred to Protestant theologian Walter Brueggemann’s expression, “the colonized imagination. more »»

Viewing the world through gospel

March 23, 2018 Not all readers of this column are Christians, I know, but the Christian solemnity of Holy Week approaches and I am offering some thoughts of relevance to everyone, Christian or not. more »»

Exploring the spiritual underpinnings of America’s gun culture

February 23, 2018 The Florida massacre of 17 students and faculty members at a high school last week has prompted much justifiable outrage. more »»

Open your heart this Christmas

December 22, 2017 Bill O’Brien has just completed a collection of his Chronicle columns these past four years. You can purchase it on Key in “Wise Guyde: The First Forty-Five Columns. more »»

Letting Go of ‘Sacred Cows’

November 24, 2017 We are living in such an axial age, that is, an age of dramatic shift in consciousness that even sacred cows need to be held up to scrutiny. more »»

Living the Mystery

October 27, 2017 Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard was fond of saying that we are here to live the mystery, not to solve it. Contemporary spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra is fond of referring to this. more »»

‘Loving Kindness’

September 29, 2017 As I write this, the networks are showing a fundraising program for hurricane relief called “Hand-in-Hand. more »»

Overcoming Starts Within Ourselves

August 18, 2017 This is a column on spiritual development. The word “spiritual” includes a person’s views and actions on public affair. more »»

Reflecting on Former Lives Lived

July 21, 2017 Hello, friends. As some of you know, I am spending this summer writing a book about my journey of consciousness. more »»

Farewell, Rev. Tremba

June 16, 2017 Randy Tremba, minister extraordinaire, stepped off stage on Sunday. I haven’t felt this sad since Johnny Carson r. more »»

Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ misses the mark

May 4, 2017 Bill O’Brien Wise Guyde Recently I watched the movie “Silence.” It was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar this last time around. more »»

Remember: We are just passing through

March 17, 2017 It may help in times like these to recall and make our own the fact that we are just passing through. That should not be an excuse for complacency but it is a help to inner peace. more »»

Expose the ‘emperor’ for having no clothes

February 17, 2017 In Andersen’s fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, a child at the fateful procession says, “But he has got nothing on.” Word spreads through the crowd about the child’s remark. more »»

It’s time to stay the course

January 20, 2017 And so this column begins its fourth year with sadness and hope. I know you are reading this on Friday as our new President takes office. I am writing it on Tuesday night.. more »»



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