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Catholicism, Monism, Other isms

Sit with your anger, dive deep through pain

A few days ago I sat with a spiritual community in trauma.  Their spiritual leader was in disgrace from allegations of sexual impropriety. The hall that is normally full was half-empty, and of those attending, half were quietly weeping.  The … Continue reading

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Surrender: True, or False?

  A question that vexes yogis – when is surrender true abandonment of the ego, and when is it only an ego-hijacking of spiritual aspiration? Let’s think about some examples of both…

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Shivaratri

Shivaratri – the night of Shiva, the dark night of the moon when God makes his presence felt most strongly… ahh, don’t you feel it somewhere deep and intimate? Of course I want to stay up all night and welcome … Continue reading

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The Heretic’s New Year

Are you easily moulded by convention and conditioning?  If not, watch out, you’ll soon be seen for the heretic you are.  Here’s how it is in heresy land. Heretics don’t make New Year’s resolutions – they would feel  ridiculous

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Christmas, Jesus, Yoga

Another Christmas… it is often represented by children’s faces glowing with wonder and anticipation as the presents start to pile up under the tree… followed soon by the predictable gripes about the commercialisation of Christmas. I don’t remember it exactly like that.  … Continue reading

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Farewell Fr Sweeney

I heard the other day that Father Kevin Sweeney had died. I would have liked to attend his funeral. He brought peace to my father’s troubled soul.  He married me to my former husband. He gave me a job teaching, when I had … Continue reading

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Meister Eckhart – On Poverty

God as “God” couldn’t satisfy the spirituality of a fly. This piece of Eckhart’s is the height of mystical attainment, from a 14th century Dominican monk. I transcribed it late last century. It is Sermon 87 ‘On the Poor in … Continue reading

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