The origin of the Loving Kindness meditation is in Buddhism. As a Christian, I appreciate the chance to pray with this meditation. It reminds me that all the great religions teach compassion, including Jesus who lived compassion in his daily life. Jesus taught compassion when he said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31)
Karen Wight Hoogheem
As I went for evening walks, I felt so grateful for the dark. I wondered about Jesus’ experience in the shadows of Mary’s womb. How amazing that life begins in darkness. I thanked God for the beauty, depth, and grace of winter evenings.
Rooted to the earth, flexible in the wind, reaching for the sky, and, seemingly empty, the trees are stable companions who give witness to the sacred promise of new life.
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A few weeks ago, my 11 year-old son tested positive for COVID. A few days later, my parents tested positive with breakthrough cases. Ever since the virus emerged in our communities, I was concerned that these three people in particular would become infected. All at...
Meet Karen Wight Hoogheem
I am excited to join the staff at Loyola. I look forward to serving as a spiritual director and hearing how others experience God, Spirit, Divine, and/or the excitement of a deep human connection in “all the things” of their daily lives. What a joy that will be!
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