Be Present for Life by Dr. Arthur Caliandro
Posted on September 23, 2007 by Arthur Caliandro

I just finished a telephone conversation with a woman who is battling cancer. In addition to the panoply of medical treatments she is being given, she told me about an ancillary treatment her doctor recommended. It is a course in breathing. I asked her what it is about. She said, “It is about learning to be in the now – being present in the moment.” Then she said, “It’s like driving to California and being so focused on your destination that you never see the country.”

The Art of Living by Dr. Arthur Caliandro
Posted on September 16, 2007 by Arthur Caliandro

It was a conversation that embossed itself on my mind. The memory of it served as a teacher and challenge to me, and in recent times its message has increased in volume.

What I Look For in a Church by Dr. Arthur Caliandro
Posted on September 9, 2007 by Arthur Caliandro

I was recently asked to write about what one should look for in a church. Initially, I found myself making a list of desired characteristics, such as a community that is genuinely welcoming and with lots of heart; that is diverse, inclusive and serious about prayer; that is concerned about and involved with the poor and oppressed, and that is passionately committed to peace. The list went on…kindness, patience, forgiveness… Then I realized that there is but one place to look for a description of what a church should be. It is to Jesus – his core teaching and the way he related to others.