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Category: Speaking to the Soul

The Secrets of our Hearts

“We certainly urge civil behavior especially in Christian community. But we are also following not only our Lord, the merciful one, who lifts up the oppressed, but also the fearless rebel who speaks truth to worldly power no matter the cost.”

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Courage in Belonging

“It’s hard to turn against the tide of materialism and concretism; the desire for long life, safety and security.  It’s a world view in which we think we’re in charge.”

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Repairing the Broken

“The mended cup may not be used for tea or saki after it has undergone the kintsugi process. Instead, it becomes a work of art, to be displayed singly, not buried in a cupboard, or in a collection of other pieces.  Most often, it has a pedestal or tabletop all to itself to prevent anything else from detracting from the object.”

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Up to my neck

“Even when we are ready, even if we sense God is with us in our desperation, it can be a hard slog to get to a place of respite. It is never a short journey when we are moving from a place of panic to a place of spiritual balance.”

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St. Martin’s Day: A Day of Peace

“Some claim that it was mere coincidence that the leadership of the warring nations involved chose St. Martin’s Day as the day the armistice in World War I officially began. But I love the symbolism that the thirty-two nations involved in this terrible struggle laid down their arms on this feast day of St. Martin, much as St. Martin himself renounced his participation in warfare centuries before.”

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Mercy

Today, I will ask only for mercy. It doesn’t have to be dramatic, or brave, or foolish. I will not ask for any sign that it has been accomplished; only for a little mercy to spread on the ground, to soothe a small, insignificant morsel of creation.

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The Devil Made Me Do It

“Didn’t Jesus teach us about forgiving and loving our enemies? But we are not in charge, are we? It goes round and round as we struggle with what God’s ultimate will for us is.”

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Responsibility and Identity

“We cannot exist as Christians unless we stand in our sin and ask for forgiveness, promising reparations where we can make them.  And we cannot hedge just because telling the truth would cost us everything.”

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