SENTIENT [SEN-shuhnt]: the ability to feel, perceive, or to experience


Sentient is a Latin word which moved over into English as a way of describing the phenomenon of experience which humans have apart from intelligence.  That is to say, we are able to identify the various stimuli, processes, and products of the mind which rely upon thinking, but sentience is a phenomenon which has to do […]

VIGIL: a period of time designated for intentional prayer or focus on a pending event

I suspect that most people think about a religious vigil when the word is used.  It’s an intentional gathering of people, usually at night, when sleep is sacrificed for the purpose of praying or meditating on a coming event.  There are spiritual vigils before major holy days, for instance. Or, people may think about the […]

PRAYER: a spiritual communion with God

Today someone told me that he prays for me every day. He is a person I respect and consider one of the finest people I have ever known, so I was not immediately put off by his comment.   There have been times when people have said that to me and I have bristled or curdled, […]

TAKE A KNEE: a public gesture of bowing in prayer

The story rage in NFL football over the past several weeks has not been brutal defeats of reigning teams or even scandalous reports of inappropriate behavior by coaches.  To the contrary, the media has been focused on one man, Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the Denver Broncos.  And it’s not even his playing that has […]