Religion & Spirituality Articles
It's a miracle...
03/31/2013 16:35:33 PM
...and It Happened Today.
As a matter of fact this particular miracle happens every Easter. You might not take notice, but the Sunday Night Blog has seen it many times and offers thoughts on the annual event: http://rjptalk.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/its-a-miracle/ It is there for all the ..
Perception is Everything
03/31/2013 15:06:30 PM
Miserable? Take off your dung-coloured glasses.
There is a scene at the end of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia that has stayed with me for decades. The enemies of Aslan, who is a Christ figure, have imprisoned the children, a few animals, Prince Caspion, as well as disgruntled dwarfs in a..
03/29/2013 18:37:51 PM
"No man is an island, no man stands alone."
Look at a typical modern nuclear family. They are self-sufficient; they do not need to co-operate with neighbours, relatives or friends to survive. Worse still, each member of the nuclear family lives in a technological bubble supplied with their ..
Whispers in the Dark
03/28/2013 13:05:38 PM
Light always dispels darkness because darkness is simply the absence of light.
Light always dispels darkness
Darkness is simply
Absence of Light.
In the Silence of my Heart,
I hear the whispers of
The Holy Spirit.
Light pours into
My inner eyes
Blinded by Brilliance.
Tearful with relief
Tonglen: A Prayer for The End of Suffering
03/28/2013 10:22:10 AM
Part of much meditation is a practice called tonglen. The Dalai Lama is said to practice tonglen every day. It is the practice of praying for yourself and for others, rather than focusing on breath, on the compassionate observation of the Monkey Mind, the Idea Horse. I was introduced to the idea ..
We Scurry Around Like Ants
03/21/2013 20:12:35 PM
we run around, focused only on ouselves.
Sometimes the activities of man remind me of ants. Ants scurry about, eyes trained on the ground before them, hauling loads of food that are bigger than they are. They are completely oblivious to the world around them and are fixated solely their own tiny so..
We Scurry Around Like Ants
03/19/2013 19:21:04 PM
My earnest striving is counter productive.
Sometimes the activities of man remind me of ants. Ants scurry about, eyes trained on the ground before them, hauling loads of food that are bigger than they are. They are completely oblivious to the world around them and are fixated solely their own tin..
White Smoke Signals the Ascension of Pope Francis
03/14/2013 05:24:44 AM
The College of Cardinals in the Vatican signaled with the plumes of white smoke their having decided on the man who would become the leader of the world’s Catholics and the assumed link between Heaven and Earth. The person they selected was Jorge Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aire..
Stop. Look. Listen. Give Thanks.
03/05/2013 18:39:58 PM
There is much to be grateful for if we will simply stop for a moment and really see the details which surround us every day.
Children delight in the plethora of tiny details all around them. They are born with a sense of wonder and the ability to enjoy little things.
I used to walk quickly and with..
Miscarriage, the Water Child and Jizo
03/05/2013 16:31:05 PM
Mizuko (水子), which translates into “water child,” is a Japanese term for a dead fetus, baby or infant. A grieving woman wrote to me today asking that a Jizo pendant be sent to her as soon as possible to help her grieve the loss of her Mizuko. For centuries, Jizo has helped those s..
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