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The seasons we observe in Mother Nature are used as a
paradigm for the seasons of our hearts and souls. As we reflect on the physical
realities we are brought to the understanding, that   behind all that we see is a far deeper
reality.   In all reality is p...
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Here is a
passage that Henri Nouwen wrote in his book, "The Life of The
Beloved" page 36. This is our Beloved speaking to us:                       
"I have called you by name, from the very beginning. You are mine and I am
yours. You are my Beloved, on you...
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  “At the
center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin, and by
illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to
God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes our lives, which
is inaccessib...
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As you know, I love to compare our journey on "the spaceship
earth" to a long, long hike. Each and every day is a “short walk" on
the hopefully long journey we call life. We, who have emerged from the mist of
The Eternal, are forever and always, in a realit...
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Easter Time
We are in Easter Time, Paschal Time, and will be for some
time to come. We are being immersed ever deeper into The Mystery of the
wonder-full, awe-full events that took place 2,000 years ago. As we are drawn
into the mystery of the Gospel narratives, we are...
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and done" applies to some things in our everyday life, but not to our
spiritual life. "We never do anything in the spiritual life, once
forever" are words written by Fr. Rohr.   Words I read a number of years ago, and their truth has become a
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are bringing another Christmas-Epiphany to a close. We have spent these many
weeks in the preparation for, and the celebration of The Mystery of The
Incarnation. Once again we, as individuals and communities have set aside time,
so we could be led ever d...
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not backward in anger, forward in fear, but around in awareness," is
something I read many years ago. As we approach the end of the Liturgical Year
it is good, no necessary, to keep these words front and center. Why? Well as we
listen to the scripture...
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As a consequence of my being,
"a spiritual being, immersed in the human experience," there are
zillions of questions seeking answers. Why does it we seem to never get a
satisfactory, complete answer? All the answers I seem to get just lead to
another new qu...
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The Gift...
Birthdays are times of gift giving. We, as the church, had a
birthday.   This is contained in a fuller
understanding of The Feast of Pentecost. Have you had a conscious celebration
of this ever new event in your life, and in the continuing life of The Body ...
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