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All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi

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Town of Assisi, Italy

The poet Rumi once said “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

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Whenever you’re feeling fear and lost in the seeming darkness of your chaotic world today, remember this: Darkness is not the absence of light—it is the denial of light. No matter how dark your world seems, the light you are is always there.Read more

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Your angels often come to you well-disguised. ~ John Cali & Spirit

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In my younger days, one of our family’s neighbors was a street sweeper—a pretty humble vocation. Like most of our neighbors, Giuseppe and his family were Italian immigrants.

We lived in a small farm town, where almost everyone was friendly. With one exception.

The “Americans,” as they called themselves, harshly discriminated against the Italians. Even in our little Roman Catholic parish, the pastor required segregated seating. The Americans were on the right side, and the Italians on the left.Read more

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We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery. ~ H.G. Wells, British writer

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A couple weekends ago, I was pondering what to get for my Sunday dinner. Growing up in a large Italian family, Sunday dinners were special occasions. They were a day for being together to celebrate the day and each other.

My mother used to make a special eggplant stew which I loved.Read more

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The world is now too small for anything but brotherhood. ~ Arthur Powell Davies, Unitarian minister

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You’ve probably heard of haunted houses. But have you ever heard of a haunted truck?

Let me take you back to January 29, 1963.

That day, trucker John W. “Pete” Trudelle drove his tanker truck from Keene, New Hampshire to Boston, Massachusetts. In Boston, Pete loaded his truck with 4,600 gallons of gasoline. Then he headed back to Keene.

He never made it home.

As Pete headed north out of Boston back to Keene on the Newburyport Turnpike, he passed under a bridge.Read more

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What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil. ~ Friedrich Nieitzche,
Beyond Good and Evil

Even if, like me, you pay little attention to the news media today, it seems obvious there’s an angry war going on between “good” and “evil.”

This week we’re featuring an article by my dear friend and brother, Ted Murray. Ted’s an accomplished writer and spiritual teacher. He’s also a great tennis coach.

In Ted’s message today he talks about the battle between the forces of good and evil, and what we can do about it.Read more