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17 April 2002
On The Importance of Spiritual Tradition
A little hazelnut of wisdom taken from those wacky Reformed Druids:

There was a master in a monastery that had about thirty disciples. They used to conduct meditation, prayer, and other spiritual exercises. The master loved cats, and therefore had a cat in his monastery. During meditation, the cat would run around disturbing the meditation. The disciples complained to the master, so the master tied the cat in the corner of the meditation hall during meditation time, in order that it would not cause a disturbance. read further…

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Am I my brother's keeper?

Efforts to contain a syphilis surge among gay men in California and elsewhere have been stymied by a failure among many gay leaders to portray outbreaks as possible precursors to a rise in HIV, health experts and some AIDS activists say. "The leadership out of the gay community on this issue has essentially been absent," said Dr. Judy Wasserheit, who directed the sexually transmitted disease prevention program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for almost a decade before leaving last summer. "If we wait until we actually see those [HIV] increases in the community, it's too late."

This comes from an article in the LA Times that was sent to us by Sister Bea. The article raises some interesting questions about our society and how we view sex. Questions like: Who is responsible for my sexual choices? Who is responsible for the consequences of those choices? If I educate and inform the public about safer sex, but then choose to engage in risky activities does that invalidate my message?

Perhaps more relevant to the Order: Is one of the hazards of educating the public a tendency to become self-righteous, or is it just that self-righteous people are drawn to "public service"?
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06 April 2002
Theology Lite
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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02 April 2002
17th Century Nun's Prayer

Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point, seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessing cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint — some of them are so hard to live with — but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.

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