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    “Prayer in a Time of Peril”

    Last night I attended an interfaith event at our church called “Prayer in a Time of Peril” in which Christians from a broad spectrum of Christianity (Mormons to Presbyterians to Catholics) and Muslims came together to discuss this spiritual practice common to us all. Many marvelous insights were shared, and it was wonderful evening. Meanwhile, although there was no claim to it being a comprehensive treatment of the subject (in an hour! Ha!), there was a dimension to prayer that I felt missed mention. Implicit in much of prayer is the idea that somehow we are “changing God’s mind”. That He wasn’t planning on healing Aunt Beth, but we prayed…

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    Orthodoxy vs. Orthopraxy —vs. Orthohody (?)

    In broad and oversimplistic terms, various approaches to the Spiritual Path have been proposed: One is ‘orthodoxy’, a word which comes from the Greek word ὀρθοδοξία (ORTHO-DOXIA) — ‘right opinion’. As defined by Wikipedia, ‘orthodoxy’ is “adherence to correct or…

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    One Electron, One Soul

    In mathematics, classical calculus depends on the idea of ‘infinity’, and in the late 19th century mathematicians became quite concerned with nailing down that elusive concept. Georg Cantor (1845 – 1918) proposed a solution, which can be explained using only…

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    The Seamstress

    Once upon a time there was a seamstress who made beautiful outfits. One day a customer walked into her shop and fell in love with a particular pant-suit. “I love this!” the customer exclaimed, “but it doesn’t quite fit right.”…

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    Gawaine’s Grail Quest

    Once upon a time there was a young man named Gawaine who had a dream so vivid it seemed more real than so-called “Reality”. In this dream he saw a vision of the Grail so radiantly beautiful that he dedicated…

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    Psalm 23 — a Paraphrase

    The Lord is ineffable, I shall never presume to comprehend Her at all. He shows me Unfathomable Shining Mysteries. In every moment for all time She sings Her Great Ever-Fecund Silence — and all that Is springs anew, transformed and…

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    The Pony

    Once upon a time there was a daughter who begged her father for a pony for Christmas. “Please, please daddy I want a pony!” she begged, over and over. Finally Christmas Day arrived. The father took his daughter by the…

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    Leona, the Shepherdess Princess

    Once upon a time there was a kingdom, with a great king and queen. They had a child, a beautiful little girl whom they named Leona. The king and queen were profoundly happy, and loved their daughter beyond words. One…