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    reminded me of an incident from late in my mother's life.  At that point, she was in middle stages of Alzheimer's, had been injured in a fall for which she'd had to be hospitalized, and was in a nursing home for rehabilitation in preparation to going back to her assisted living facility.

    My mother was a Baptist for most of her life, and at one point, had begun preparing to be a missionary.  The nursing home was run by an order of Catholic nuns.  One Sunday afternoon, I visited my mother, only to find that a Buddhist group devoted to caring for others was leading a sing-along at the nursing home.  They were leading this group of old people, mostly women, in old-time songs, including old-time Christian hymns, and the warmth and mutal love flowing between the nursing home residents (who were all white or black, and virtually all Christians of some denomination) and this group of Asian Buddhists was almost palpable.  I remember thinking how much of a tragedy it is that those who want to demonize or even kill others over religious differences couldn't see this group of Buddhists acting with love toward an elderly Protestant lady in a Catholic nursing home, and realize that while we are all reaching for the divine in our own ways, we are ALL reaching for the divine.

    "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security." -Ben Franklin

    by leevank on Thu Apr 03, 2008 at 03:12:41 PM PDT

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