Monthly Archives: May 2013

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May 29, 2013 · 3:18 pm

All Flame

I love this passage from Cynthia Bourgeault‘s book, The Wisdom Jesus.

Would it be possible for us, too, to “become all flame?” Could our own lives become such a perfect fusion of infinite love and finite form that light would pour from our being as an actual physical radiance? I have indeed seen this light in more than a few realized masters toward the end of their earthly journeys; it is the fully revealed mystery of human life lived as a conscious sacrament. How we get there is the secret Jesus will unfold for us through the course of his own consciously sacramental life. But our first step in joining him on this journey is to recognize that his incarnation is not about fall, guilt, or blame, but about goodness, solidarity, and our own intimate participation in the mystery of love at the heart of all creation. (pp. 102-103)

Goodness, solidarity, intimate participation in the mystery of love.  This approach is so much more full and rich than the old-fashioned, unworthy sinners approach.  And I think it is what Jesus actually meant in his teachings.

Moses & Bush Icon Sinai c12th century

The Burning Bush

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I just want to say…

Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggghhhh!

What is with some people?

GOP cuts food stamps, quotes Jesus

From the article:

To make it worse, Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee, then quoted Matthew 26, arguing the “poor will always be with us” in his defense of cuts to the food stamps program.

Here’s some news for you, Congressman Fincher, that text doesn’t mean ‘be sure you keep some people poor.’  And Congressman Conaway, Matthew 25 has no “opt out” clause that means you don’t have to vote for programs to feed the poor because “individuals” and “churches” will take care of it.

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Link Extravaganza – “Fixing” Atlanta edition

We all want the towns and cities we live in to live up to their full potential.  While Atlanta is awesome, there is plenty of room for improvement (where is that not true?).  Here are some interesting links discussing how to “fix” Atlanta or some part thereof.

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On Contradictions

“We can only learn and advance with contradictions. The faithful inside should meet the doubtful. The doubtful should meet the faithful. A human slowly advances and becomes mature when he accepts his contradictions.” — Shams of Tabriz

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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May 10, 2013 · 12:14 pm

Links for being stuck inside on a gorgeous day

The weather is gorgeous here in Atlanta.  Here’s some stuff to console you if, like me, you find yourself indoors in such weather.

Turkish Baths interior, Paphos

Turkish Bath in Paphos, Cyprus

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Links

Here are some miscellaneous things I’ve been looking at on the web.

The Eagle and Child

The pub where C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and their circle (The Inklings) attempted to achieve advanced states of mental incompetence while reading their works to one another. I’ve had a drink here. It’s pretty cool.

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