Monthly Archives: August 2018

August 31

Reflection “Loneliness is a poignant homing instinct, like that of migratory birds. It guides us back towards this assurance: We are not meant to live cut off from each other, from ourselves, or from the Universal Reality which gives us life. We are meant to dwell in love, which is a wholehearted “yes” to belonging…We may be tempted to feel…

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August 30

Reflection When we identify with something larger than ourselves, that becomes part of who we are.  There is so much more to us than just a separate self; our connected self is based on recognizing that we are part of many larger circles. The distinction made between selfishness and altruism is misleading.  It is based on a split between helping…

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August 29

Reflection People in our midst who inform us of the future implications of our present actions are our modern day prophets. Even in the darkest moments of existence they offer a spark of hope based in the possibility of change. Like the Old Testament prophets their message is unsettling and challenges our routine comfortable lives. We don’t want to hear…

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August 28

Reflection Tapestry weaving produces a fabric fashioned by varied colored threads. Uncolored threads, the warp, are covered by the colored threads of the weft.  All the warp threads are hidden in the completed work. The backside of a tapestry appears to be nothing more than a jumble of thread—tangled, frayed, occasionally knotted, and seemingly random. It is when you turn the…

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August 27

Reflection I am here to live out the meaning of God not to argue about what God means. Don’t make me laugh With that pompous talk about true religions. Get up on your feet and do something. Show me what it looks like to be a believer. Jan Phillips Prayer May I walk in spirit and truth. Action There is…

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August 26

 Reflection  Our country seems to have lost its capacity for choosing statesmen and women for leadership. So many of our leaders fall far short of expectations. With a nation in such need nationally and internationally, we long for leaders who see beyond their own self-interest and use their power to work for the people. The most dismaying thing is to…

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August 25

Reflection In one of his reflections, Thomas Merton describes a person who is centered in God as a window whose glass is invisible when the Light shines through. As people of integrity and faith, we need not hide behind safe words. Our media is already filled with words that bend the facts and political figures who “misspeak.” Our society has…

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August 24

Reflection There are times when we are fortunate to experience big moments of awareness but most days it’s about finding the mystery in the every day. We don’t have to be on a mountaintop or amidst the wildlife on a safari to experience the cosmic dance. We only need to be awake and alert to all that is right before…

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August 23

Reflection Spirituality, though sometimes relegated to religion, represents rather the most profound dimension of universal human experience.  Spirituality arises from awareness of one’s part in the Whole and from the intuition that every being and the whole universe itself are sustained and infused by a powerful loving force, the Abyss of all energy, the source of all being.  One can…

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August 22

Reflection The song of the crickets already dominates the nights. There is a tinge of yellow in the green of some trees. The tomatoes are ripe and prolific and the garden is looking somewhat  less vibrant.  It is hard to believe that this is almost the end of August. Yet it is. Soon another summer will have passed. It seems…

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