• RITUALS
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    I assisted with a ‘Blessing of the Animals’ ritual recently that was certainly fun, but also surprisingly meaningful. Immediately following this, I helped a group of friends with the dedication of a bench to a loved one who died some months ago; that was similarly moving. I couldn’t help but feel a deep need behind…

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  • THE CONNECTING LOOP
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    I’ve written before about the Leatherman’s Loop. It’s a 6.7 mile ‘rite of spring’ run through woods and rivers, sandpits, and mudflats; and it’s been going on for over thirty years, here in Westchester, NY, in the Pound Ridge Reservation. It started with about 50 runners and this year registered 2000. People love it for…

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  • RESURRECTION
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    I’ve always been intrigued – not to say mystified – by the resurrection. It certainly seemed like the ultimate victory, the absolute vindication of the man, Jesus, that we were told was the son of God. But, like many of us, I came to find that it wasn’t quite as simple as that: the ‘resurrection…

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  • HOLY THURSDAY
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    I’M STILL THE ONE I’m still the one who knelt before you in monk’s robes, patiently waiting. You filled him as he called you into being – – RM Rilke I recognize what Rilke is saying, for this was my original experience and my journey since then. It was the essential work I was drawn…

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  • AN EVERYMAN’S SPIRITUALITY
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    Now it is time that gods come walking out of lived-in things. . . . Time that they came and knocked down every wall inside my house.  New page. …O gods, gods! who used to come so often and are still asleep in the Things around us…     (Rilke) Spirituality means something different to everyone. For…

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  • 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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