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St. John’s call to conscience

The earth is a living organism, a living breathing being. It breathes in two magnificent rhythms of the year, beginning with an out-breath at Christmas time, reaching up toward the heavens in the burgeoning springtime, reaching its zenith at St. John’s tide. Then the turning begins as the days slowly become shorter and all living […]

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Outer Works, Inner Deeds

I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—‘Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert…Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless […]

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Three Gifts of the Trinity

The Earth has sometimes been compared to a spaceship, a machine hurling through the black void of outer space. In this scientific vision, space is stunningly cold and inimical to all life. But this simplified picture is wrong; it leaves out the Sun. The Earth is not alone. The Sun’s gravity, warmth, and light, a […]

William Blake - The Ascension
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Ascension – the Marriage of Heaven and Earth

In a good partnership between two human beings, such as a marriage, each brings who they are as a gift to the other. What each one has, flows to the other, changing them, lifting them. And the union of the two creates something more than just the sum of one and one. One can also […]

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a prayer

The following prayer was offered by Rev. Nora Minassian at the 24th Annual MLK Community Prayer Breakfast on April 7th, 2018 at the Phoenixville Middle School in Phoenixville, PA. Let us pray: Dear Lord, we come to you with gratitude for all your creation filled with wisdom and beauty. You send your light to us. […]

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What Love Makes Possible

Think about what love makes possible: ~The great works of art ~The procreation of human beings ~The raising and education of children ~The healing of the sick ~The reversal of direction from self to other ~The transformation of pain into wisdom ~The possibility of sacrifice for the good of the whole ~The unfolding of the […]

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The Meaning of the Earth

On Easter we celebrate a victory.  It is the day we strive to recognize how a certain being died and then overcame death, changing death itself forever. But that little word ‘death’ seems to have lost its sting, its immediate and visceral power, and so it can be hard for us to develop any kind […]