Saturday, December 5
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Scrooge, “A Christmas Carol”, And … Sorta-Kinda … Keeping Christ Out Of Christmas

Scrooge, “A Christmas Carol”, And … Sorta-Kinda … Keeping Christ Out Of Christmas

"Life" Issues, Abrahamic Traditions, Advent, Anticipation, awareness, Challenge, Change, Christ Child, Christianity, Christmas, Church, community, Compassion, Creator, critical judgment, culture, December, Discernment, forgiveness, God, Gospel of Luke, Holy Mystery, Human Condition, Ideology, Imagination, Jesus, Jung, Myth, Numinous, Pain and Suffering, Poverty, relationships, Religion, Scripture, Secularity, Spirituality, Theology, Uncategorized, Waiting, Wholeness
I suppose there are still people around here and there who complain about the creeping secularism of the Holidays and who in consequence admonish others to “keep Christ in Christmas”.  I well remember such exhortations from the time of my childhood, growing up in Wichita, KS. Such hortatory rituals were often accompanied by carols, religious services, and – I would argue, curiously enough – by a reading of Charles Dickens’ perennial A Christmas Carol. I say “curiously enough” because I have just finished reading Carol for the few-hundredth time and for the first time, I noticed the absence of Christ in Carol, except in a very "thin", allusive sense. Carol without Christ, or with Christ in the background of the background, is a much more universal, even “archetypal”, story of the awa...
Mindful Monday: The difference between behavior and goodness

Mindful Monday: The difference between behavior and goodness

awareness, Buddhism, forgiveness, mindfulness
The practice of forgiveness happens when we are able to realize the underlying cause of our anger and impatience, and this allows us to distinguish between someone’s unskillful behavior and essential goodness. Serenity and calm develop as we learn to accept imperfection in others and ourselves. —Michele McDonald What are you noticing about anger and forgiveness? ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: "Finding Patience," Tricycle Magazine, 2004. Photo credit: "a Blessing of the water," Madalena Pestana, 2008.
JOY . . . when the heart is not calcified and there is no moratorium on forgiveness

JOY . . . when the heart is not calcified and there is no moratorium on forgiveness

forgiveness, Forgiveness, injustice, social justice
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi, All Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”C.S. Lewis “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” Martin Luther King Jr. “To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” G.K. Chesterton When I wrote a post to support an imprisioned poet I got some flack ... This poet needs our help: SPOON JACKSON, imprisoned for 41 years or a crime he committed at 19 is still writing poetry and now asking for help to get commutation The argum...