Soul Seeing: I do not know how sins can be forgiven. I grasp the concept, but I do not understand how foul can be made fair.
Bill Maher, the comedian and atheist, taped an interview with my classmate Morrie, the bishop of Paris, Kan., for airing on his HBO show over the holidays. It was pulled. Fortunately, I have a transcript. Here are the highlights, minus the laughs, oohs and ahhs.
Maher welcomes Morrie, who comes out dressed in a smile, a burgundy cashmere sweater, and non-iron khakis from Banana Republic. They sit.
Maher: Well, I must say I didn't expect a bishop to look so dapper. Did you lose your pointy hat on the way here?
Christmas Soul Seeing: Instead of baking Christmas cookies and running last-minute errands, I had been thrust into an incarnate experience of powerless nativity that transcended a calendar date.
Soul Seeing: The last thing on earth I anticipated as a vocation was writing with addicted, mentally ill inmates inside a prison facility.
Soul Seeing: Come Thanksgiving, I will mark 10 years of learning, over and over again, that my heart has more room for gratitude than I ever knew.
Soul Seeing: Two years ago, Soul Seeing first appeared in NCR. The column isn't about changing the world, but changing the way we see the world.
Soul Seeing: We placed a Buddha outside our kitchen window so we can look out and focus on peace.
Soul Seeing: Henry David Thoreau asked, "Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?"
Soul Seeing: Listening from brokenness becomes its own strength because although we come to it on different paths, our shared humanity guarantees the experience of painful limits.
Soul Seeing: Bishop Morrie and Mike Leach were driving through the old homestead of Bishop Ray Lucker and paused to remember their friend.