• IS GOD DEAD?
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    ‘God is dead’ means that the basic questions of life are no longer already answered, and the result is that we now have to answer them ourselves. For Neitzsche – author of the famous statement – this was freedom; for others – like Dostoyevsky – this was emptiness: ‘If there is no God,’ he said,…

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  • HOPE AND DYING
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    Hope and dying are related. Dying is a daily – moment-to-moment – letting go. It is like breathing out. Dying means constantly letting go of the energy that diffuses over a lifetime, but also of the illusions and judgments we create and the false identity they produce. Dying is what enables us to work with…

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  • REINVENTING THE HUMAN
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    As many of you know, I was a student of Thomas Berry whose perspective provides a framework for transforming our dysfunctional relationship with the planet. The ‘great work of our time,’ he has said, is to reinvent the human in a way that will foster (or recover, perhaps) mutually enhancing human-earth relations and apply this…

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  • MYSELF AT SEVENTY
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    I am celebrating my seventieth birthday next month (November), though I’m wondering if ‘celebrating’ is the right word. It feels more like an exploration: an exploration of the experience of what it means to be seventy. I just returned from a trip home to Ireland that suggested this because many of the experiences there –…

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  • THE PILGRIM
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    And he keeps right on a’changin’, for the better or the worse Searchin’ for a shrine he’s never found Never knowin’ if believin’, is a blessin’ or a curse Or if the goin’ up was worth, the comin’ down He’s a poet, an’ he’s a picker, he’s a prophet, an’ he’s a pusher He’s a…

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  • VIN
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    I recently got news of the death of a former colleague from my old world of priesthood. Vin MacNamara was, in fact, a teacher in that world: for me but also for many who passed through the seminary training process of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society. He also had a reputation in the larger religious field…

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  • TALKING TO OURSELVES
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    Last time I touched briefly on our internal conversations and mentioned an article in the August issue of Scientific American, entitled Voices in Our Heads by Charles Fernyhough. Here I’d like to explore the potential of the ideas raised for growth and development. In the first place, what the article calls ‘inner speech’ is not…

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  • CONVERSATION AND SPIRITUALITY
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    Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. Rumi Speaking is an act of courage because it means offering our very self to the uncertainty of another’s world, hoping for reciprocation but risking rejection. How many times have you shared something at a party, perhaps shyly because it…

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  • A NEW STORY
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    A Reflection Inspired by the 8th Anniversary of the Death of Thomas Berry Underpinning Narrative Today, when we need it most, we have no underpinning narrative that unites us in a common identity and gives us purpose. Without such a foundation, it is extremely difficult to navigate the strange waters of our times. David Brooks,…

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  • THE LEATHERMAN’S LOOP
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    My invitation to share experiences and ideas about Holy Week elicited some interesting comments. By ‘Holy Week’ I meant to include not only the heart of the Christian tradition but also the central core of any faith perspective, whether that be religious or not. Some of the responses brought these together by focusing not simply…

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