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My additions to the list “12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening”:

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Distinguishing between story and feeling is essential to navigating the difficult places in which at times we find ourselves stuck.

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Anyone who thinks the answers to the conundrum of the human condition are simple, straightforward, clear, and easy should read Margaret Philbrick’s touching account of confronting her brother’s transition from male to female at Christianity Today.

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Thomas Merton was an Apostle of Acceptance.

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“I hate this.” “This is totally unacceptable.” “This has to change.” “I can’t stand this.”

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The child of acceptance is surrender. My willingness to accept what is, as it is, opens me to the possibility of genuine, deep surrender.

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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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(with thanks to Barbara)

Perhaps the problems in the Canadian Anglican Church began in 1965.

1965 is the year the Religious Education Department of the Anglican Church of Canada, commissioned a report on the state of the Anglican church. Apparently forty-five years ago we were already feeling insecure about the vitality of our Anglican community in this country. The report was authored by a forty-five year old well known journalist and broadcaster named Pierre Berton. Berton called his reportThe Comfortable Pew: A Critical Look at Christianity and the Religious Establishment in the New Age. It became an instant bestseller.

Berton offered a blistering critique of a church he viewed as irrelevant to mainstream society, locked in a tired vision from the past. He said the church had failed as an instrument of social justice and no longer served as a conscience for the nation holding people accountable to a high ethical standard. In Berton’s view the church had surrendered to the status quo and was refusing to shake people up challenging them to live truly Christian lives. The church as Pierre Berton saw it in 1965 was nothing more than a “comfortable pew.”
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It is always tempting to believe I can change myself by changing my circumstances.

The ancient desert teachers of the early Christian tradition taught that true change comes only from within. We may change our external circumstances, move from one place to another to get rid of an irritant in our lives, but wherever we go, we take ourselves with us.
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