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You are blessed

We can better understand the beatitudes of Jesus[1]alongside the texts from the Hebrew scriptures assigned for today[2]. Read together in light of the imagery we find there, we begin to make sense of Jesus’ challenging words. Both the Psalmist and … Continue reading

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Pluck up!

When our daughter received a pouch of seeds last Spring, we didn’t know initially what to do with them. They were Colorado Spruce Tree seeds. And we weren’t exactly planning on seeding a forest. So we took a medium-sized flower … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace, Jan Eryk Malina

MALINA, The Rev. Jan Eryk Born March 15th, 1939 in Wisla, Poland Died January 16th, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario  Died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus. Son of the late Gustaw Malina and Augustina … Continue reading

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A meaningful religion

I like how Richard Rohr distinguishes between religion and spirituality. In his short, concise and excellent book “Dancing Standing Still” in which he relates prayer to justice, he writes that religion is for folks who fear hell, while spirituality is … Continue reading

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A spirituality of fierce landscapes

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. (Psalm 97:1-2) Which is mountain? And which is cloud? … Continue reading

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Geometric power: The circle church

The architecture of church buildings, despite Christianity’s institutional decline in the Western world today, continues to draw our attention. For the most part, these are beautiful buildings, appealing to the eye whose symbols etched in paint, glass and images conveyed … Continue reading

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There’s a hole, PART 2: For a purpose

I am a hole in a flute / that the Christ’s breath moves through – / listen to this /music.            -Hafiz If you comprehend it, it is not God. -St. Augustine Unlike the pounding of the surf a stone’s toss … Continue reading

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