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Getting to know you! Getting to know all about you!

Many years ago, I submitted a screed expounding upon Bahá’í verities that was also a love letter to Paul and Cate Archipley for the extraordinary gift that they bring to our city. I named them in the article, but Paul, in his usual self-effacing...


How much does it matter to you that every moment is a miracle?

God enjoins us: “O SON OF BEING! Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me. For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed my favor upon thee.” (All quotes are from the Bah...


In praise of prayer

“The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence… a presence which is the real Paradise, and of which the loftiest mansions of heaven are but a symbol.” (All quotes are... Full story


Never lose your trust in God

From the Bahá’í Prayers: “Is there any remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!” My friend was teaching me how to pray, encouraging me to do some personal...


Meanwhile, unskilled practitioners are regarded with favor

A dear friend was kind enough to read my previous article. He then dialed me up a voice-mail: “I read your Bahá’í piece. Interesting. But I have a question about one of the quotations from Bahá’u’lláh. Could you please say a little more... Full story


Learning to distinguish the transitory from the eternal

From the writings of Bahá’u’lláh: “This humble servant is filled with wonder, inasmuch as all men are endowed with the capacity to see and hear, yet we find them deprived of the privilege of using these faculties. “This servant hath been...


Want healing? First of all: Remember who's boss

Got complaints? Need relief? Are mankind’s harrowing growing pains giving you the deep, deep blues? Is it all too much? My testimony today is that there is a crisply defined method for experiencing profound healing as efficaciously as possible. It...


You can choose serenity

“The mind and spirit of man advance when he is tried by suffering… just as the plow furrows the earth deeply, purifying it of weeds and thistles…” (from the Bahá’í Writings) Bahá’ís...


Communication is the beginning of understanding

‘Communication is the beginning of understanding’ (Bell Telephone magazine ad in 1961) So my friend says: “How long have you been a Bahá’i?” Me: “Since 1974.” Friend: “What do you...


Eternal in the past, eternal in the future

Hi Friends! Like David Letterman says: Don't think of this as a lazy "repeat" article! Rather, think of this as a carefully-chosen, hand-selected "Best of!" Thank you! Thank you! There is only one religion, and that is the religion of God. Each and... Full story


You go first

Hi Friends! I'm handling things poorly right now, so I humbly request your grace. Please amble with me down memory lane as the spiritual stumbler takes his very first step toward God. Thank you thank you! Major bummer: I am 19 years old and enduring...


The station of women

Hello Friends! I have been too lazy, and I did not produce! I am in so much trouble in so many realms! Please consider this truer-than-ever-before, 15-year-old note about how women will end war. Thanks! "Only through the affirmation of women's equal...


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