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November of all souls

I see by my last posting that I have not written here for nearly a month. It has been a month of intense turmoil and losses, both personal and planet-wide, and both are important and disturbing. A  new and very hopeful young prime minister for Canada weeks before the Paris bombing. Ongoing arguments about an effective approach to ISIS. Syrian refugees challenging the so-called "Christian" values of Western countries.

At home in NL, the sudden deaths of at least four people people in their sixties, whom I personally knew. Then the death of Ron Hynes, Newfoundland's iconic and suffering folk composer and singer for decades.

And right in the midst of it all, the sudden passing of my heart-cat of twelve years, MaChree, suffering from lymphoma along with diabetes. The ground at my feet, and the interior of my heart, is opened, unwillingly but obediently to deep suffering.

There is nothing to say in the face of all this during one darkening month except the brief teaching from the Desert Fathers offered by Cynthia Bourgeault on this first day of advent:

Abba Moses asked Abba Sylvanus, "can a man lay a new foundation every day?" The old man replied, "If he works hard, he can lay a new foundation at every moment."

And so can I. And so must we.

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28.11 | 07:46

Now into a second reading of INK and HONEY, I am finding it much richer and it's pulling me ever deeper into contemplation of my daily life.

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28.11 | 07:35

Perusing your musings about these books are a great help for me so I can choose my next book.. one that resonates at this time in my life. Thanks Brenda.

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22.11 | 20:53

Welcomed reading recommendations !

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and you have gifted me with cards that were like visits!!

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