Buddha at the Gate

Buddha at the Gate

Buddha reached the gate of heaven. Of course, the people there were waiting. They opened the door, they welcomed him, but he turned his back towards the door looked at the world -- millions of souls on the same path, struggling, in misery, in anguish, striving to...

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Poem: “Silence,” by Anasuya Sengupta

Poem: “Silence,” by Anasuya Sengupta

Too many women in too many countries speak the same language of silence. My grandmother was always silent, always aggrieved Only her husband had the cosmic right (or so it was said) to speak and be heard. They say it is different now. (After all, I am always vocal and...

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Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

Faith and Discourse Combine in Weekly Beer and Bible Meet-ups | Irreducibly Human | Making a home for children who age out of foster care | South San student pays it forward during holiday season | San Antonio Prioritizes Education, Treatment And Prevention Of AIDS | BCSO sheriff works out with kids to instill healthy habits | Group delivers much-needed holiday cheer to domestic violence survivors | The Texas Woman Bringing Holiday Cheer to Children Who’ve Lost Parents to Guns | Homeless who died remembered | On Failed States and Innovative Cities | Grad Student Gifts San Antonio with “Geography of Poverty” Map | San Antonio’s Muslim-led, free healthcare clinic | Elf Louise’s sleigh ride of yuletide kindness | Voluntarios se preparan para servir a más de 15 mil personas en San Antonio | Make a resolution to sterilize your pet | A pachuco Christmas on the West Side | San Antonio ‘hot cops’ calendar raises money for a good cause | Elves bring affordable Christmas to east side | In a Hungry San Antonio, Thousands Gather for H-E-B Feast of Sharing | Southside ISD kids get tamales, presents and a visit from Santa Claus | Children’s Shelter asks donors to remember teens this year | Economic segregation in San Antonio: how we got here, is it real? | Former gang members nourish the barrio they once harmed | District 5 councilwoman aims to help housing on West Side | Foster mother adopts daughter through Children’s Shelter program | ‘No one here is unimportant’ | Class probes controversial topics through hands-on learning | U.S. Veteran receives small Christmas miracle thanks to other vets | Haven for Hope gives gifts to children of parents in recovery programs | SA family gets Christmas surprise after losing everything in fire | For Mentally Ill, Finding Purpose in Work at a Clubhouse All Their Own | The Christmas Magic of Elf Louise | At long last, Alamo Bowl hits charitable mark | Struggle not a stranger for UTSA’s student regent | El Pollo Loco serves up free Christmas meals for San Antonio homeless | Plumbers save Christmas gatherings every year | Temple spends Christmas giving back to first responders | SAPD officers keep busy surprising families with presents, food on Christmas day | ‘Never Give Up:’ A Holocaust Survivor Shares her Story | Texas Power Brokers: Elf Louise Executive Director Bill Harrison | New year is a great time to give | Christmas elf delivers toys to sick patients at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio | Spurs’ Gregg Popovich: ‘Pretty simple’ why I prioritize charity work

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Poem: ” In Heaven,” by Stephen Crane

Poem: ” In Heaven,” by Stephen Crane

In Heaven, Some little blades of grass Stood before God. “What did you do?” Then all save one of the little blades Began eagerly to relate The merits of their lives. This one stayed a small way behind Ashamed. Presently God said: “And what did you do?” The little...

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Poem: “Santa Claus,” by Howard Nemerov

Poem: “Santa Claus,” by Howard Nemerov

Somewhere on his travels the strange child Picked up with this overstuffed confidence man, Affection's inverted thief, who climbs at night Down chimneys into dreams, with this world's goods, Bringing all the benevolence of money, He teaches the innocent to want, thus...

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Judging Others

Judging Others

A brother committed a fault. A council was called to which Abba Moses was invited, but he refused to attend. Then the superior sent someone to say to him, "Come, for everyone is waiting for you." So Abba Moses got up and went. He took a leaking jug, filled it with...

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Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

Spurs’ Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Rudy Gay, visit children’s shelter to spread Christmas cheer | Santa came early with $7 million in gifts for San Antonio area nonprofits | United Way exceeds fundraising goal by more than $1.2 million | USAA employees show off new ideas at Innovation Day | VIA Completes 1,000th New Bus Stop Shelter, More to Come | H-E-B donates over 2.9 million meals to Texas food banks | S.H.A.R.E Center at Palo Alto College helps underprivileged students | Big Bob’s Burgers repaying community with Christmas turkey | ¿Cómo promover la unión familiar en esta época navideña? | Habitat For Humanity closes on last home of 2017 in SA | SAPD Mental Health Detail Honored with ‘Spirit of Health’ Award | 2017 IMPACT magazine shares @Trinity_U scholarship, creative works, and community engagement | People Who Make SA Great: Lobbyist, skier, mountain climber Mona Patel | Her comes ParkerClaus! | San Antonio congregation delivers early holiday gifts to Sutherland Springs | Catholics, Jews celebrate Hanukkah in San Antonio | Councilwoman hopes ‘vision zero’ program reduces pedestrian deaths | Este libro infantil busca combatir el acoso escolar | San Antonio Rent Prices Low, But Demand Outpacing Supply | Bubble Bath Carwash donates grand opening proceeds to Haven for Hope | Commencement Spotlight: May Mzayek is shedding light on the refugee crisis | Higher Education Council of San Antonio: Hate speech is not free speech | Nirenberg benches housing incentives policy, for now | Convoy of Hope | Reagan Rattlers donate toys to SAPD Blue Santa | SAReads Semester-in-Review | UTSA students make video games for injured veterans | Airmen donate 3,000+ toys to west side church | Kansas police hope to change perception of pit bulls with new drug detective | Bexar County programs bring Christmas early for kids | San Antonio’s First Lady talks about sexual harassment | S.A.’s diversity on display for Tricentennial | Offer people with disabilities some humanity | Santa’s Firefighters Toy Drive brings smiles to San Antonio children | SA Food Bank, Bank of America give away 200 holiday meals | Drugs, death, redemption — and a guilt that will never die | How you can join the Spurs in the fight against hunger | North-side church serving up holiday cheer for kids in CPS | Tamales for a Cause | Thousands of kids get Christmas presents in Southside toy giveaway | Woman spends year collecting Christmas presents for kids in need | Finding new life after limb loss | Nonprofits and residents seek ways to improve city’s vulnerable ZIP codes | Saving the world, 12 kids at a time | Homeless children tell Santa where to leave gifts | Buying power: When selling is giving in the holiday season | San Antonio’s cultural mash-up this time of year can entertain and educate | Northside ISD school makes sure every student eats during the holidays | Valero’s $3 million gift to SA Zoo will help fund field trips for underprivileged schools | Chanukah message shared with all faiths | Is This the End of Low-Income Housing Along San Pedro Creek? | Women United awards child care scholarships | Ruth McClendon, former state representative, dies at age 74 | Clothing & bedding top Christmas wish list for kids in shelter | Noticias Univision sorprende a pequeños con sorpresas navideñas | Preparan más de 3,000 comidas navideñas para personas de la tercera edad | ‘Super Chikis’ Aim To Help San Antonio Girls Discover Their Superhero Powers | SAISD, Alamo Colleges partnership working for students | Haven for Hope helps mom of six start over in new home | Reporte: las ciudades más amigables de Estados Unidos | Woman helping Sutherland Springs survivors will ‘Share the Joy’ during difficult holidays

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Poem: “The New Moon,” by Rumi

Poem: “The New Moon,” by Rumi

Love, the new moon, grows slowly, stage by stage; We should progress like that, deliberately, with patience. I hear the new moon whispering, "Impatient fool!" It is only step by step you climb to the roof. Be a seasoned cook, let the pot boil little by little; A stew...

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Poem” “It Couldn’t Be Done,” by Edgar Guest

Poem” “It Couldn’t Be Done,” by Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, But he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he...

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The Rat and the Cat

The Rat and the Cat

Sitting on the altar, "They're burning incense to me," Boasted the rat to all his assembled family. As the rat grew giddy from excess of incense smoke, A cat lunged in, seized him, and dispatched him at a stroke. From Fables and Parables (1779) by Ignacy Krasicki,...

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