Spiritual Ideas for May

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TOP TEN SPIRITUAL GROWTH IDEAS FOR MAY 2012

1. Inverted Spires. All cathedrals need to have their spires inverted – to point not to God in the sky but to the depths - to God as the Ground of All Being.

2. Two Wings. "We can only fly with two wings: the wing of awareness of life’s goodness, and the wing of awareness of life’s brokenness." - Hildegard of Bingen

3. God’s Face. "Whichever way you turn, there is the face of God." The Qur’an

4. The God of Gravity. Gravity means every atom in the universe longs to unite with every other atom. God is in the yearning for oneness inherent in all things, even matter.

5. Courage to Feel. The courage to feel results in weeping. The strength to look suffering in the face and feel compassion comes from God. "Pray until the tears come." - St. Columba

6. Complete Religion. Our religion cannot be complete without honouring other religions. It is through relationship with other traditions that our tradition will become whole.

7. New Science. Science is catching up with ancient religion in science’s new consciousness of the oneness of all things, spoken of by mystics for centuries. This will bring a new Pentecost.

8. Holiness. "Holiness, or wholeness, is found in the union of opposites: science and religion, head and heart, heaven and earth, sexuality and spirituality, east and west." -John Philip Newell

9. Gathering. "In the Creation there was a shattering. Our task is to gather all the broken pieces together." - Kaballah

10.The End. "When the end comes, I hope that I will be able to say that I took the world in my arms, I didn’t just visit it." - Mary Oliver

Note: These monthly reflections are meant to stimulate healthy questioning and contemplation. They do not necessarily reflect my own beliefs, and no specific group or religious or spiritual outlook is being promoted and favored.

Sources: Richard Rohr, Karen Armstrong, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Merton, Eckhart Tolle, Ken Wilber, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Carolyn Myss, Bernard Lonergan, Teresa of Avila, Marcus Borg, and others as well as catechisms, world religions, wise sayings etc, simplified, reworked, and paraphrased. For the sake of brevity (two lines or less, so that busy people will actually read the ideas) the author will not be given except where there are word-for-word quotes.

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