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The English word “soft” does not appear often in the Bible.

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The problem with priesthood, as with most of life, is the problem of awareness. In order to have any hope of fulfilling my primary function as a priest pointing to the hidden Presence of the Divine, I need to be ware of this Presence. But, of course like every person, I am at times deeply unaware.

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The mystery of transformation that is mirrored, that is received by resonance, by communion, by connection, by relationship comes down to your capacity for presence.

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Eckhart Tolle speaks well about navigating the unavoidable challenges life turns up.

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So much of the challenge of living together with some degree of harmony in the human community depends on presence.

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The most important question in the face of terror is not how can I understand what has happened, how can I get even, or how can I guarantee my security. The most important question is, “How might I respond in a way that might genuinely promote peace?”

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Prayer is then not just a formula of words, or a series of desires springing up in the heart – it is the orientation of our whole body, mind and spirit to God in silence, attention, and adoration. All good meditative prayer is a conversion of our entire self to God. 44

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I was given a beautiful little book recently. It is really more an extended essay bound in hardcover and delightfully illustrated with enough space to embody the author’s thesis.

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Living the Presence 11-16 July 1999 Salt Spring Island, BC

We need to go beyond the pain and pleasure of life’s reactions.

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While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to deliver her baby. When Jesus was born, Mary wrapped him in cloth, and laid him in a cattle feeding stall where they were lodging, because there was no other room for them in the whole village.

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