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My Mom had a stroke in July and one in November.  About four hours ago, I figured out why she has been apologizing to her relatives for this happening.  I figured out why she's afraid to be alone.  I figured out why she wakes up in the middle of the night calling for help.

It's not because she feels bad about being a burden.  Her night terrors are not an effect of the stroke, at least not directly.  And her calls for help are more profound than you might think.

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“My wife likes to say there are two kinds of people: those chasing pleasure and those running from pain.  Maybe she’s right. I don’t know. What I do know is this. Pleasure helps you forget. But pain, pain forces you to hope. You tell yourself this can’t last. Today could be different. Today something just might change.”
Spoken by Russell Crowe in the movie, “Tenderness.”

“There are two ways through life: the way of nature and the way of grace.  We have to choose which one to follow.”
Spoken by Jessica Chastain in the movie “The Tree of Life”, soon to be in theaters

The problem with fifty-two is that it’s not forty, the dividing line when you realize for sure that you’re not a kid anymore.  On the other hand, it’s not sixty-four, either, which thanks to Paul McCartney is time for reflection.  Therefore fifty-two is the true middle age, mid-way between realization and reflection.
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The National Council of Churches has marked today as the National Day of Prayer for Criminal Justice Reform.  So, today our prayers should be especially focused on remembering the incarcerated, and on renewing our responsible action to transform injustice into justice.  Please take a moment to follow the tag Criminal Injustice Kos to keep abreast of this particular need.

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Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos. We put an asterisk on "pray" to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.

Lack of planning means relying on grace - here goes...

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Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos. We put an asterisk on "pray" to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.

First, a confession: I have never read the Bible. I do not say this as a heathen would. I think reading the Bible would be a fine thing for me to do, and I admire those who have undertaken to do so. But, like most things that are laborious and time-consuming, it will not happen until my retirement -- if and when I am ever able to have one. Therefore, my knowledge of Scripture is limited to Sunday sermons at my Roman Catholic cathedral. I attend each and every weekend -- in casual clothes and without any make-up -- mostly because something horrendous always happens in my life any week that I don't.

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We celebrated a baptism at my church this morning- a second-grade boy.  He was so sweet- excited and nervous at the same time, and he was positively beaming.  He was a perfect illustration of  "his face was lit up with joy."

The readings and Father's homily were about being a light in the darkness; about helping each other out in this world.  And that got me thinking about how we REALLY can be a light for others...

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of mutual respect, warmth and  healing is welcome.

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Blessings

What would MLK Jr do?

Amen

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We've heard a lot of words in the past 36 hours or so. Many, many words. Let's pause for a few minutes with fewer words.

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(h/t musing85 for the beautiful meditative chant)

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On the calendar of Saints for the Russian Orthodox Church, one of the Saints commemorated today is as notable a figure as the Russian Church produced in the 19th Century, and some would say in his history.

born Prokhor Moshnin (Прохор Мошнин) Was born July 30th on our calendar, but on the unrevised calendar of the Russian Church the date was July 11th (Old Style), in Kursk.   He would enter the Sarov Monastery when he was 19 in 1777, and remain there until his death January 14, 1833.  With the additional day's slippage due to another century, Old Style the date was January 2, which became his major feast when he was canonized by the Russian Church in 1903.

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Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 05:02 PM PST

Temptations

by brothers and sisters at dailykos

Temptation is not just what can lead you into behaviors that are violent or abusive (physically and verbally), illegal or unjust (let’s accept that most laws and societal conventions are actually meant to ease humans living with one another), dangerous or destructive (the effects of stupidity are rarely confined to the stupid) and/or immoral (open to interpretation).

Temptation is also that siren call towards personal decisions and attitudes that are self-destructive in the long run physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually.

(The following essay begins with my career as a teacher.  I will try not to include too much about the state of teaching and public education; these subjects seem to bore- at best- the Daily Kos community.  This is about life’s work and purpose.)

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