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It is one of the best-intentioned and most well-meaning words. It is particularly popular among mature serious adults. But it can be deadly.

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Last week reading Richard Rohr’s book The Divine Dance with a small group of lovely people with whom I am studying the book, we stumbled upon a few powerful lines from Theodore Roethke’s poem “The Rose.” Near the end of his poem in nine short lines Roethke offers a luminous vision of what it might mean to be truly human:

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Tuesday 15 May 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg 2:30 p.m. cont’d.

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Tuesday 15 May 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg 2:30 p.m.

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Tuesday 15 May 2018 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg – “The Benedictine Way”

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… what I know or… what I think I know?

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(warning – this where I begin to move off into uncharted territory and may be entering a land of interpretive fantasy entirely of my own creation. This practice is sometimes known as “eisegesis” ie. reading into the text an interpretation imposed by the reader rather than seeking to allow the interpretation to emerge out of the text, a practice known as “exegesis” – shock alert: preachers sometimes engage in eisegesis!)

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It is a harrowing experience to sit through seven episodes of the Netflix epic western “Godless.” It takes a strong constitution to stomach the violence and sadness of the chaotic shattered world the film portrays.

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There is nothing glamorous about war. War is brutal and deadly. There are no victories in war. Everyone loses whenever we resort to violence.

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