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If you have spent any time with children, you have likely heard the words. Perhaps you have said them yourself. Or at least you have experienced the feeling even if you are too sophisticated to express it out loud. It is an almost universal lament.

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The Gospel reading appointed for today offers a profound description of the human condition.

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(nb: this is a transcription of a ten minute talk given by Cynthia Bourgeault at the Center for Action and Contemplation [https://cac.org/] “Trinity The Soul Of Creation” Conference held 6-8 April 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico in which she introduces the Christian meditation practice of Centering Prayer.)

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I was asked after yesterday’s “Beatitudes” sermon about the translation “meek” in Matthew 5:5.

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In most spiritual teachings, “resistance” is a “four-letter word” – something to be avoided at all times.

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When the “mä’-gos ” arrived in Jerusalem, they explained to King Herod that they were seeking “the child who has been born king of the Jews.”

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The “mä’-gos” who traveled to Bethlehem to kneel and pay homage to the baby Mary bore, and to offer “gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh”, point the way for those who seek skills of wisdom for the journey of life.

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It is unfortunate that The Rev. John Henry Hopkins (1820-1891) has so completely shaped the popular imagination about the Christian festival of Epiphany (celebrated on January 6).

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The relationship between the inner life and outer action has been a hotly debated question in spiritual circles for centuries.

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John Hersey’s The Wall is not a great book.

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