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ROLL-CALL: Thomas Merton

      Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was an American Trappist monk, poet, author, social activist and pioneer of interfaith understanding  You can read an account of his life here but it was the strange manner of his death (stepping out of … Continue reading

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Eye-witnesses

I wonder how you remember things? Some things seem lodged in my brain, crystal clear and pristine. Others, …uh, less so. Recently, I recounted a very early memory to my brother -an event that we had both witnessed- only to … Continue reading

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“Do everything without complaining…”

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” In his classic book, Games People Play, psychiatrist Eric Berne  said that one of the most frequent  of  human pastimes is a game he called, … Continue reading

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“A body full of light” (Luke 11)

Jesus talks of having a body “full of light.” It sounds absolutely wonderful, like  a week in a spa resort or the spiritual equivalent of a fat-free diet. So what did he mean? (And how can I get one?) Well, … Continue reading

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Defy the Culture by refusing to get angry

Jesus was the archetypal Culture-Defier. He taught creative ways  to swim against the tide of the prevailing worldview. In a culture of fear, suspicion and prejudice, he taught (and lived out) confident love, empathy and kindness. And where people felt … Continue reading

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Specks and Planks (Luke 6)

‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41) So often we read these familiar sayings of Jesus and forget how funny they are. … Continue reading

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Living the Jesus Way (Luke 6)

The Jesus Way of living -as outlined in Luke 6- is extraordinary. In the familiar line by G.K.Chesterton:  “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” Luke 6: 27 begins: … Continue reading

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