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Wisdom in the Desert
February 7-9, 2003 Cynthia Bourgeault
Glenairley, Sooke, BC

Christianity is a rags to riches story.

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The heart is the key piece in the system of subtle perception.

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These notes from 18 years ago are taken from a day I, along with some clergy colleagues, spent with Cynthia Bourgeault in Victoria, B.C.

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Living Presence Transcript

that’s the matrix of transformation: meditation; sacred chanting; sacred movement; reading of sacred scripture

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When we lived in Carman, Manitoba we often drove into Winnipeg. I loved that hour-long drive; it was beautiful, restful and, except perhaps in the dead of winter, relaxing. There were no hills to climb, no treacherous crossroads to navigate, and only three bends in the road.  You knew it was time to anticipate a curve in the highway 20kms before it arrived.

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Today will not be a notable celebration in most North American homes. It is not part of a holiday weekend. You would probably search in vain for a single greeting card in honour of this day. Families will not hold … Continue reading →

In a recent opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente addresses the question of gender selective abortion. She asks “Is it okay to abort girls?”

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Thirty-three years ago today, I stood in a church in front of about a hundred people. My knees shook. My stomach fluttered and my heart was racing.

But my voice was strong and confident when I said,

I Christopher take thee Heather to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.

I was twenty-three years old. I knew absolutely nothing. But I knew that at this moment I was doing the right thing; I knew I was saying words that my heart called out to utter. I had no idea what the future might hold. And yet, I stood and made bold promises in which I committed my life to this one person.
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