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Christian cosmology, towards new paradigms for understanding reality 

-Thomas Berry (1985) - excerpt from The Christian Future and the Fate of the Earth

Thomas Merton quote 

I think poetry must
I think it must
Stay open all night
In beautiful cellars

Sentience as a consideration in the killing of animals and humans 

What responsibility do we have to sentient beings and what compels us to honor this category of beings more than others?

Is killing a fish for food more wrong than killing mice infesting our pantry? Why?

Is it okay to end the life of someone in a coma since there’s no evidence of awareness? Does a first-term abortion follow different criteria?

SENTIENT BEING - “a creature who can suffer and feel pain, mostly animals and humans”

I’m going to be a grown up this summer. I will set an alarm and not sleep in every morning. 😂

Float and massage 

My wife and I just went for a float and massage.

The world is the same but we re-enter it differently.

I love the way it echoes prayer.

Pablo Picasso quote & drawing 

When I was a kid I drew like Michaelangelo.

It took me years to learn to draw like a kid.

Thomas Merton quote 

There is another kind of justice than the justice of number which can neither forgive nor be forgiven

There is another kind of mercy than the mercy of Law which knows no absolution

There is a justice of newborn worlds which cannot be counted

There is a mercy of individual things that spring into being without reason

They are just w/out reason and their mercy is without explanation

They have received rewards beyond description because they themselves refuse to be described

"...ceremony declares a choice to live in such a universe and to participate in its reality-formation."

In other words, "co-creation".

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"Ceremony is not an escape from the messy world of matter into a hocus-pocus realm of spirituality. It is a fuller embrace of the material."


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quote 

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."

Poll, abortion, sex-selection 

Voting is anonymous. Text replies are not anonymous but always welcome.

Whose rights are violated when a human being in the womb is aborted because she is a girl ?

Poll results & comment, abortion, disability 

This is consistent w/ my previous polling results. As I understand it, the majority objects to discriminating against the human being in the womb based on identity, even though they deny him/her personhood at all.

*In other words, they object to discrimination against someone they themselves regard as a non-person.*

Am I making an unfair characterization here? I feel I am missing something in the logic but despite my probing it remains opaque to me.

Abortion and disability (expand to view poll question) 

What is wrong with having an abortion because prenatal testing indicates Downs Syndrome?

Laws to eliminate gendercide 

India and China currently have laws against prenatal sex determination because of the problem of gendercide.

Poll results- sex-selective abortion 

Thanks to those who participated in this poll.

I am confused by some people’s view that the girl or boy in the womb does not have a right to live, yet apparently has a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex. What am I missing here? And does the same logic apply when it comes to disability?

Thomas Merton quote 

“Good Shepherd, You have a wild and crazy sheep in love with thorns and brambles. But please don’t get tired of looking for me! I know You won’t. For You have found me. All I have to do is stay found.”

“—nevertheless enters and nourishes one’s notion of, and relationship with, God. Without this radical openness, all arguments about God are not simply pointless but pernicious, for each person is in thrall to some lesser conception of ultimate truth and asserts not love but a lesson, not God but himself.” 3/3

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“The spiritual efficacy of all encounters is determined by the amount of personal ego that is in play. If two people meet and disagree fiercely about theological matters but agree, silently or otherwise, that God’s love creates and sustains human love, and that whatever else may be said of God is subsidiary to this truth, then even out of what seems great friction there may emerge a peace that—though it may not end the dispute, though neither party may be “convinced” of the other’s position— 2/

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From Christian Wiman:
“The frustration we feel when trying to explain or justify God, whether to ourselves or to others, is a symptom of knowledge untethered from innocence, of words in which no silence lives, of belief occurring wholly on a human plane. Innocence returns us to the first call of God, to any moment in our lives when we were rendered mute with awe, fear, wonder. Absent this, there is no sense in arguing for God in order to convince others, for we ourselves are not convinced.” 1/

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