Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue in his book Eternal Echoes has written provocatively about the potential for us to become attached to our pain.

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Lectio Divina (literally “divine reading”)is the sacred reading of Scripture. It draws us into a deeper listening to Scripture, a way of breaking open the Scripture and taking it into ourselves.

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In the end the most important lesson of all Pope Francis has for the church may come, not so much from last week’s Synod as from the much less publicized closing mass at the end of the Synod in which Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI.

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Elizabeth Diaz  suggests three ways in which Pope Francis nurtured an environment for “for openness and discussion” at his recent Synod on the family:

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(This post originally appeared at “Spiritually Speaking” http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/blogs/spiritually-speaking-1.61091)

Wednesday is my holy day.

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Benedictine Retreat Salt Spring Island, BC
Friday 3 May – Saturday 4 May 2001

Saturday 4 May 10:00 a.m.

Work not to own your heart but to let it flow out.

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I expect the Synod just concluded in Rome this past week has probably received a little more publicity than we can expect from the one that will convene  on Friday this week in Oak Bay, BC.

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Jane Seymour is an English actress perhaps best known for her performances in the James Bond film “Live and Let Die,” as well as the films “Somewhere In Time,” “East of Eden,” “Onassis: The Richest Man in the World,” and “War and Remembrance.”

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Alain de Botton recently posted  at “The School of Life” some provocative and wise thoughts on the value of melancholy.

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Benedictine Retreat Salt Spring Island, BC
Friday 3 May – Saturday 4 May 2001

What kind of energy am I in?

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