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Gratitude is More Than a List

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It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.        Brother David Stiendl-Rast It is the week before Thanksgiving, and I am sitting in the sauna after working out. My thoughts are circling around all&hellip

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The Practice of Living

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“We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” T.S. Elliot – Four Quartets Its October—again.&hellip

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Stories I Tell My Kids

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“Remember the days of old,             Consider the years of all generations.             Ask your father, and he will inform you,             Your elders, and they will tell you.”   Duet. 32:7 “Daddy, tell us a Story!” These were the&hellip

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Finding Rest in a Tired America

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“Oh, that I had the wings of a dove, that I would fly away and be at rest.”                                     David, King of Israel   I sense in the eyes and faces and voices I encounter&hellip

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The Middle Way

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Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. Thomas Merton Some time ago I watched the documentary “Man on Wire”, which chronicles Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk&hellip

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Turning Work Into Play

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Life has a curious habit of jumping up and surprising me—provided I keep my eyes, my ears, and my heart open and receptive. Over the Christmas holidays I spent hours playing with my grandkids, as&hellip

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Super Moon – A Poem

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“We have seen His glory-the glory of the One and only, full of Grace and Truth” Jn. 1:14   Tonight the moon demands attention, now closer to us than ever. The gift comes twice a year&hellip

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Entering The World of Silence

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“Silence is the perfectest herald of Joy”   William Shakespeare “When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop, sick of business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious,&hellip

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This Present Moment

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“The present is what takes us into the center of ourselves, asking us ‘Where have you been all this time’      Sr. Joan Chittister  “The Gift of Years”     I am listening to an audio&hellip

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Learning to See

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Didn’t I come to bring you a sense of wonder?  Didn’t I come to lift your fiery vision bright?       Didn’t I come to bring you a sense of wonder in the flame?           VAN MORRISON “The&hellip

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Lord, Make Me A Channel

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“To be free is to be totally available to others”      Fr. Murray Bordo In previous blogs, we have considered what is it that brings ultimate purpose and meaning to our lives. This short piece reflects&hellip

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