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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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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

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30.07 | 19:22

As someone journeying with people receiving palliative care, I read the article on liminal spaces with much appreciation and resonance. Thank you!

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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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