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Purpose: What Is the Purpose of My Life?

What is the purpose of my life? Haven’t you asked that question at least a million times? I talk and write much about this, precisely because I think about it almost all the time. How would you complete this sentence? “The purpose of my life is _____________.” It’s not so easy to do, is it? […]

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What Is Salvation, Enlightenment, Awakening? Learning to Let Go…

Fr. Thomas Keating, the Trappist monk, said “Discernment is a process of letting go of what we are not.” “Discernment” is yet another word, similar in meaning to enlightenment, awakening, salvation. All of these words point to the process of “letting go,” as Keating puts it, “of what we are not.” What are we not? […]

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Who Are the Followers of Jesus?…

Disciples of Jesus are not “saved” people. They are “learners” instead. Which is of course what “disciple” really means. And, what are “learners” learning? How to be followers of Jesus. Isn’t there a difference? And, isn’t following Jesus what Jesus himself invited people to do? I am a follower of Jesus. Perhaps not a very […]

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A Van Gogh, I Am!

For many, the word salvation, enlightenment, awakening, all conjure up the idea of the arrival at or the achievement of a state of life, living, or awareness that is the reward for “doing” the right thing. You could do nothing, however, to arrive at the place where you are already. You could never achieve what […]

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How to Know God

“I want to know the mind of God,” said Einstein. Me, too. But, for much of my adult life, knowing God, knowing mind, or feeling connected to something grander than myself escaped me, eluded, even evaded me. Then, one day, something happened to me and I made a remarkable discovery. Meister Eckhart was right: “The […]

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