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I received an email yesterday containing quotes from Pema Chodron.  Her analysis of many peoples’ life experience is  profound and helpful.

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I have enormous admiration for Archbishop Rowan Williams. He is the thoughtful, insightful, and profoundly spiritual, if frequently embattled, Archbishop of Canterbury. But today I wish I had the opportunity to ask the Archbishop of Canterbury a question that unsettles me.

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I can only imagine that a flattering movie review from writer and spiritual entrepreneur Deepak Chopra comes as manna from heaven for a major contender in the competition for the Oscars. But, I hope Terrence Malick does not read Chopra’s recent take on his film “The Tree of Life”.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/a-review-of-the-tree-of-l_b_1240536.html?ref=religion

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The following is an aside on the nature of the documents we are dealing with when we read the New Testament Gospels. I apologize for the length. But it is a discussion in which the Gospel of John compels us to engage.

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I first heard the words on the telephone. The surgeon said, “It turns out we are looking at a different pathology than we at first expected.”

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My eyes open. To my utter consternation, I am no longer lying on my back on a narrow hard operating table, struggling to force my eyes to stay focused on the ceiling tiles that are growing increasingly fuzzy.

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It is early in the afternoon. I am visiting a parishioner in the hospital.

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It is tempting when one has never been the victim of vicious violence or terrible injustice, to fall prey to the romantic notion that suffering inevitably ennobles the soul. It is not always so.

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The healed invalid in John 5:1-18 reminds me of Jonah. Jonah, was miraculously delivered by God, but he was not transformed. At the end of the book Jonah remained as vengeful, resentful, and xenophobic as he was at the beginning of the story.

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An excellent homily was preached at the opening Eucharist of our Diocesan Clergy Day this morning.

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