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  1. Currently Reading . . .

    I just got boots and books for Christmas (yay!) so this week it's going to be: Sacred Ties, by Tom Carhart Geronimo, by Geronimo Ahh, wisdom is the best gift ever.
  2. I reckon you could call this "my" opinion. {01:38:20 - is on Bodhicitta and relationships.}"Dear eternal Father, there is much unrest and disunity in the world. Help us to embrace each other and live in peace and harmony in the pagan way. Dear eternal Mother, we realize there are many different traditions of faith. Help us to see past the difference and unite as one family in total harmony and love. So Mote It Be"
  3. Christmas

    I caught Papa Francis' Christmas last night and I was reflecting on how easily I understood his message even though I speak no Italian. Our strongest power comes not from what we say, but reveals itself in how we behave. Though I frequently stumble in the practice, I have learned much wisdom from your way of relating to us. So in the spirit of the season, I just wanted to say thanks for not being here, and thanks for being here. If you know what I mean. May your lamp burn eternal, Rabbi.
  4. Love And The Universe

    If dark energy wasn't stronger than gravity then expansion wouldn't be accelerating. Or to put it in humanist terms, my reason can beat up your reason.
  5. Current Mood

    Icy wind of night be gone, this is not your domain...
  6. What Is Mankind's Greatest Achievement?

    Everything we've ever made we copied from what we found around us. Monkey see, monkey do. That's just the nature of Life. The universe has been assembling and recombining larger bits from smaller bits for billions of years, so I'd say (paradoxically, of course) that our greatest achievement is convincing ourselves that we've accomplished anything at all. We are but pale shadows cast by the fires of creation, mere clay in the hands of the gods. "Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing." ~ Theodor Adorno
  7. When My Faith In Christianity Erodes

    I like this new Pope. He's pretty hip for a Jesuit. "This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people. We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity." ~ Pope Francis I
  8. I was also raised RC, became a lay minister on a path toward Franciscan (TOR) seminary when I separated from the Church. Though I take issue with many points of faith, for me the most poignant struggle comes during mass, as I'm drawn to commune while wrestling with the knowledge that I'm not "properly" confessed. I can't conceive of a Saviour who would turn away from anyone who sincerely seeks Him, so I reject absolute obedience to man's dogma in favour of following the Lord's call. What are they gonna do, excommunicate me twice? Their doctrine tells me I am apart from God (depending on who you talk to my fate is already sealed,) but I still approach that altar with a confident faith. I brave the threat of hellfire not only for myself, but for all those who have been made to feel exiled from divine grace. The Church may lock her doors... but I know His arms are always open. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.
  9. Just How Do You Act...?

    I don't see my ministry as a tribunal, so here are a few thoughts from my experience in dealing with those in crisis (or anywhere else, for that matter): Meet people where they are, not where you think they should be.Don't assume you know where they are, no matter how much you've been through yourself.When acting as a spiritual guide, questions are usually more valuable than answers.Make an effort to be empathetic (not necessarily sympathetic) rather than accusatory, regardless of personal beliefs.Respect, compassion and love are all free, so be generous. Even to your enemy.Humans are both mimics and rebels; it's more effective to lead by example than by command.Only give advice when asked, and don't be afraid to say "I don't know."Try to give them a way to save face. People won't walk any path if they don't believe they're worthy.Never speak in absolutes.Be a rock, not a hero.
  10. Haiku

    Tranquil moonlit glade-- The fragile shells of insects Patter down like rain.
  11. Jesus' karma ran over my dogma, now when I see him on the street I pretend I don't know him.
  12. There's a scene in Dogma which expresses this concept nicely. I stumbled across it again this afternoon, and since I love me some good irony I'll quote the passage as if it were scriptural canon: Bethany: "So if we're wrong, then what's the right religion?" Serendipity: "When are you people going to learn? It's not about who's right or wrong. No denomination's nailed it yet, because they're all too self-righteous to realize that it doesn't matter what you have faith in, just that you have faith. Your hearts are in the right place, but your brains gotta wake up."
  13. Merry Lammas!

    I've been celebrating the season by feasting on blackberries, hunting bio-luminescent fungi in the misty moonlight, and thanking Crom that going for a walk with my cat isn't likely to get me burned at the stake these days. Looking forward to Samhain this year, it's gonna be a great moon and a great harvest.
  14. Control isn't the word I would use. It's more of an equitable relationship between Energy and Mass. It's very enlightening.
  15. Current Mood

    Tim Keyes - Symphony in C: The Earth Whispers Movement II
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  17. Age Of Consent

    Seems to me that this is an analysis which revolves around individuals from unique environments, regarding specific circumstances at particular times. Can we really use any determination regarding responsibility and consent in order to establish just laws that would apply to an entire population?
  18. Purpose Of Existence

    3. If we presume --as some, that there is no afterlife, then why are we (most) clinging to life? If we go with that theory is it not easier and better to end it sooner or later? This was one of the revelations I received from my NDE. If we knew with absolute certainty (I distinguish this concept from certainty in faith) the destiny that awaits us, who would stick around to work through the pain? Dying is just another step on a much greater journey. There's no need to rush; for everything there is a season. 5. Why are we killing each other, the planet and all of creation deliberately? Because we still have to grow up. Individual purpose will vary, but that, I believe, is the fundamental purpose of life. I see the material world as a sandbox where we can explore and practice our creativity within limits so that we may learn from our mistakes. They say we are made in the image of God, and if we are created to be Creators we must first understand the great responsibilty which comes with such a gift.
  19. Age Of Consent

    Around three, when I decided to stop pooping in my diaper and demanded big boy pants. I think I made the right call. It's a maturing process though, the priorities of life are constantly changing and I can't honestly claim to be responsible enough even now. It's one of the drawbacks of lacking omniscience.
  20. I went out for a late night walk in the forest under the full moon and communed with the coyotes.
  21. Does Size Matter?

    When folks hear raptor they don't usually think of a kingfisher, et vice versa. From a philosophical point of view, the value of "size" is relative. Now you know why they have pointy hair.
  22. Broken Code

    It's an oldie, but a goodie. Someone else breaking the code is no skin off my nose, but I wouldn't want to be late for dinner... that might make me the rude one. Rev. Dr. Swamp, Brother Devon, the jocular Meister Mithrandir, and everyone else... I'll address you how you wish to be known, it's only polite. I too may offer suggestions from time to time, but who am I to think I have the authority to define you better than you?
  23. Broken Code

    You can call me anything you want, just don't call me late for dinner.
  24. Broken Code

    We can be pretty sure that no matter what position we take, someone is going to object to it. Just do what you think is right.