Days In The Desert, Interreligious, Quotes

Desert Day 33: Forgiveness Is Letting Go …

  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. — 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Forgiveness is simply the religious… Continue reading Desert Day 33: Forgiveness Is Letting Go …

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Desert Day 32: To Forgive Others Is To Forgive Ourselves …

To forgive our brother is to forgive Ourselves -- We abandon our revenge; Our lives have seen suffering enough. We are tired and worn out with Ourselves -- If we take revenge, it will be the cause; The effect will follow me into my next life. Look into the mirror; see the compassion in your… Continue reading Desert Day 32: To Forgive Others Is To Forgive Ourselves …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 31: Love Your Enemies …

“The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust.” —Isaiah 32:17 Loving Your Enemies Probably no admonition of Jesus has been more difficult to follow than the command to “love your enemies.” Some men have sincerely felt that its actual practice is not possible. It is easy, they say, to… Continue reading Desert Day 31: Love Your Enemies …

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Desert Day 29: One Love And One Truth …

Finally, Jesus says we have to love and recognize the divine image even in our enemies. He teaches what many thought a leader could never demand of his followers: love of the enemy. Logically that makes no sense. But soulfully it makes absolute sense, because in terms of the soul, it really is all or… Continue reading Desert Day 29: One Love And One Truth …

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Desert Day 28: Enter The New Country …

You have an idea of what the new country looks like. Still, you are very much at home, although not truly at peace, in the old country. You know the ways of the old country, its joys and pains, its happy and sad moments. You have spent most of your days there. Even though you… Continue reading Desert Day 28: Enter The New Country …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 23: The Forgetting Of Love …

What is the origin of 'evil' in this non-dual reality? The forgetting of love. The flight from Source. There is no force working 'against' love. There is only this forgetting. This alienation from our nature. This imagined separation from the Whole. When we are in pain and cannot be with our pain, we blame. We… Continue reading Desert Day 23: The Forgetting Of Love …

Quotes

The Most Necessary Work Is Always Love …

Even the best of human love is filled with self-seeking. To work to increase our love for God and for our fellow man (and the two must go hand in hand) - this is a lifetime job. We are never going to be finished. Love and ever more love is the only solution to every… Continue reading The Most Necessary Work Is Always Love …

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God Is Very Patient With Us While We Learn How To Really Love …

Only an in-depth spirituality can fully accept the paradox of our flawed humanity, indwelled by God’s presence, where both light and dark are allowed and used by God. This is not a capitulation to our shadow self, but an integration that brings forth what Merton called "a hidden wholeness.” We grow through necessary conflicts and… Continue reading God Is Very Patient With Us While We Learn How To Really Love …

Quotes, Seasons

Without Truth, People Cannot Heal (Lenten Meditation) …

It’s difficult to make a good decision when you don’t have all the information. It’s also difficult to move forward while trying to deny part of your reality. Jesus came from a tradition that was brutally honest; just read a bit from any of Israel’s prophets to see how forcefully they spoke the truth. Jesus… Continue reading Without Truth, People Cannot Heal (Lenten Meditation) …