One-Liner Wednesday: change

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
— Rumi
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One-Liner Wednesday: unity

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”
~~~ Baha’u”llah
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One-Liner Wednesday: Maya Angelou on humanity

“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in
each other and recognize that human beings
are more alike than we are unalike.”
— Maya Angelou

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One-Liner Wednesday: justice

“Perfection shouldn’t be a condition for justice.”
~~~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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One-Liner Wednesday: love

“Love is not something you do; love is Someone you are.”
~~~Richard Rohr
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One-Liner Wednesday: peace

“Grandiose people cannot create peace.”
~~~ Richard Rohr

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Richard Rohr on myth, art, and poetry

I love this meditation so much, I had to share it. A must-read for anyone who is interested in art, poetry, words, myth, and being!
– JC

Source: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Richard-Rohr-s-Meditation–Mythos-and-Logos.html?soid=1103098668616&aid=uaYHY87XmII

One-Liner Wednesday: change

“Every change of mind is first of all a change of heart.”
— The 14th Dalai Lama

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Sunday blast from the past

…although “blast” may not be the right word.

It happens that the lectionary readings at church today contained two texts which I have set to music.

The Hebrew Scriptures reading from Proverbs chapter 9 contains part of the text I used in composing an anthem for the dedication of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Johnson City, NY and the Gospel reading from John chapter 6 is the basis for my piece “And I Will Raise Them Up,” which was also written for the choir at Blessed Sacrament.

It’s as though all that happened in another lifetime.

Ten years ago, the parish that I knew, loved, and served disintegrated.  A remnant of it existed for a while longer and eventually merged with a nearby parish. Its complex of buildings closed after a second devastating flood within five years. They have been sold to a nearby Christian college, which will eventually re-open the church as their chapel, although, as is common, the altar, stained glass windows, and other religious accouterments were removed before the building was sold.

Today, knowing that the tower windows are gone is especially poignant. I had chosen the texts for my anthem for the dedication of the renovated and expanded church building dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament based on those windows, which depicted three aspects of the Eucharist – nourishment, healing, and presence – using images from Hebrew Scriptures. The Proverbs text we heard today, in which Wisdom prepares and invites everyone to a feast, was the basis of the “nourishment” section and the source of the title, “Wisdom Has Built Herself a House.”

It was sung publicly only once, at the dedication of the church. It’s unlikely that it will ever be sung again. It exists only on mute, hand-written pages and as an echo in my memory.

Susan Cushman on Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward

My spirituality group at church studied Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward two years ago and is currently studying the follow-on book Immortal Diamond. They are both rich repositories of wisdom that I highly recommend. Today, I am pleased to share a wonderful reflection by Susan Cushman on Falling Upward.

http://susancushman.com/faith-on-friday-embracing-the-second-half-of-life-a-bright-sadness/

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