The Symbol of the Resurrection

He was a liar, a cheat, a con-man and a playboy. While baptized as a Christian, he never had the slightest interest or connection with institutional religion. Following the release of a film about his life, his widow issued a public statement. She had been abandoned in Brazil when he went back to Europe to […]

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The Unexpected Christ

Loren Eisely, the distinguished anthropologist, wrote a book entitled “The Unexpected Universe” in which he says the universe, contrary to earlier scientists who had wrapped it up in a neat package of law and order, is full of surprises. Who would have thought that human beings would first appear when ice covered most of the […]

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Having It Out With Death

No one can be mature until they have arrived at the very high spiritual achievement of looking at death and accepting it, perhaps it is the last and highest of all achievements. It casts a mantle of significance over everything we do. Carlos Castenada says: Death is our eternal companion, always to our left, at […]

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Thanksgiving as the Jazz of Life

Here I am, a statistical improbability, conceived in a universe of infinite galaxies, in a Milky Way of 100 billion stars, in a solar system on the edge of nowhere, living on the third planet from a small sun, which is mostly covered by salt water, and encased in an envelope of mixed gases, dependent […]

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What Do You Believe?

When Mary Oliver asks in her poem The Summer Day, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” this is not an easy question to answer. Are you doing what you want to do with this precious gift of life? When life refuses to wait any longer, whether you’re […]

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The Gifts of Darkness

Gary Greenberg, a psychoanalyst, says that depression, in most cases, is not a mental problem; it’s a sane response to an insane world. In learning to welcome the dark side, particularly in our culture which tends to stay on the yang side of things – the active, extroverted, happy, positive, buoyant and light side, it […]

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The Coming of the Christ Child

Everybody’s life runs dry. We all have developed certain patterns, a framework, a modus operandi out of which we live our lives. You should not expect to continue to run down the same path and not lose vitality. Suicide is an indication that something needs to die in order for something new to be born; it’s […]

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Saying Grace

FAMILY THANKSGIVING BREAD SERVICE Gary Synder, a Buddhist practitioner and writer who grew up in a Christian home, wrote an essay entitled “Grace”, meaning the words you speak before a meal; he said that “…grace is the first and last poem, the few words we say to clear our hearts, and teach the children, and […]

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Thanks for the Miseries

In a deep and profound sense, trouble and problems are the very best thing that could happen to us. It is rare in my experience to have anyone give thanks for their trouble at the time it is happening. Most of us have been conditioned to move toward being freed of all our distresses and our troubles and ills. […]

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Saying Yes to Everything

Rev. Phil Sweet & Friends (Angela Lensch, Bob Bultman, Keith Koch, David Smirz) While traveling in India, Joseph Campbell met with Sri Krishna Menon, a renowned Hindu teacher. Menon asked him if he had a question. Indeed Campbell did. “Since in Hindu thinking all is Brahman, all is a product of divine energy, no matter how […]

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