On Spiritual Mentors: Fred Rogers

Also thought I’d repost this in celebration of this great man’s birthday!

Also I just noticed the previous link is not available so here is this great man modelling humility for us in his acceptance of an honorary Emmy



Psyche and Spirit/Richard B. Patterson PhD

Many of my spiritual mentors are writers — persons whose works inspired me, guided me, even, in a few cases, changed my life. I am grateful for them. They are persons who have provided some light along my spiritual journey. But they are not all writers!

Fred Rogers was a Presbyterian minister who had a Bachelor’s degree in music composition. He also was a television personality best remembered for his show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. But how could the creator of characters such as King Friday and (my personal favorite) Purple Panda from Planet Purple inspire spiritually?

When I watch reruns of his program, I am struck by his down-to-earth approach in which he speaks to children with respect and directness. Over the years, he helped children deal with issues ranging from being afraid of falling down the toilet to facing the death of a loved one.

A deeply spiritual man…

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3 Responses to On Spiritual Mentors: Fred Rogers

  1. susan beehler says:

    thanks for your update…your words and presence thrublog are really appreciated


  2. Billie says:

    On Looking for the Helpers
    “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.”

    From The World According to Mister Rogers (Kindle Locations 645-647).Y

    Because you are one of the helpers to many. And my helper, in particular….


  3. Susan Bass says:

    Some of you were too old to be children when Mr. Rogers show was on television. When the show aired, I was not a little child but I wasn’t grown up either. He always used to look at the camera and say, “I like you, just the way you are”. The paradox is that when we are liked that way we are, this empowers us to change, to grow, to reach our full potential. When he reaches a young mind, it is more effective because young minds are often more malleable. Age sometimes leads to a hardening of the attitudes, er, I mean arteries. I can say this because I am 55.


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