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Find our way home

Like the legend of the treasure, life is a parable carrying messages about our inner richness. Every moment is a doorway, a promise of revelation. Doors to the sacred are waiting for our knock. If we give due attention and do not run from what repels or brings us pain, we unearth a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. We find our way home.

— Joyce Rupp, Open the Door, p. 44

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Despite the estrangement, [Dorothy] Walters does not cease trying to communicate with God. Her words encourage all who experience a distance, for whatever reason, between themselves and the divine. She reminds us that even if we do not sense God’s nearness or experience a response to our knock on the door, faith carries us along, keeping us patient and steadfast. She prompts us to not give up.

We can do as this poet indicates: when God seems remote, continue to believe and trust that the divine is still accessible. We do not stop praying even though we have seemingly lost touch. We keep slipping messages under the door even when our sense of God’s nearness snores away in us.

— Joyce Rupp, Open the Door, p. 60

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Bringing hope

Approach this new door

with great confidence in your heart,

for you have so much to offer.

Open each new door with trust,

holding your dreams very near…

knowing the wold is waiting

for the goodness and the love you carry within you.

— M. E. Miro

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Purpose

May our quest for purpose be compassionate. May it be like a pebble dropped into the middle of this moment. May it ripple out over the surface of the space between us.

— Dawna Markova, I will not die an unlived life, p. 42

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Justice and peace

“What good is it for the Christ

to be born two thousand years ago

if Christ is not born in you?”

Meister Eckhart would ask

of us in century twenty-one.

If I cannot enter into real fears:

rumors of a child’s illegitimacy,

dislocation of unfair taxation,

estrangement of a manger,

how can I celebrate the angel’s

announcement,

“Fear not!”?

How can I sing, “Glory to God in the highest!”

unless I share the pain of the lowest?

Only by working for justice and peace on earth

can I dare rejoice at this Savior’s birth.

— Kent Ira Groff, Reflection on Luke 2:1-14, in Praying East, Facing West, p. 27-28

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The door to our self

Jung [writes]: “But what if I discover that the least of all … the poorest of all beggars, the most insolent of all offenders, yes, even the very enemy … that these live within me, that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness, that I am to myself the enemy who is to be loved, what then?”

Such a powerful question. Such a demanding requirement — that we learn to love the totality of who we are. Can we come near to ourselves with the same love Christ had when he drew near to those with qualities deemed unacceptable? When Buddhist nun Pema Chodron writes about making peace with these characteristics we tend to reject, she reminds her readers: ” No one else knows what it takes for another person to open the door. For some people, speaking out is opening the door a little wider; for other people, being still is opening  the door a little wider.” As we get to know our whole self, we know what part of us especially needs our understanding and care.

— Joyce Rupp, Open the Door, p. 85-86

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Holy gates

Holy gates are everywhere. … Culture and organized religion conspire to trick us into believing that entrances to holiness are only at predictable times and prearranged places. … Entrances to holiness are everywhere and all the time.

— Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

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