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posticon The Tremendous Power of Forgiveness

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I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge. ~ Gerald Jampolsky, MD

I recently received some news about someone I knew well long ago. I’d lost touch with her over the years. The news, which did not surprise me, was about her deteriorating health. She was literally at death’s doorway. I’ll call her Joan (not her real name).

Joan had been carrying a bitter grudge against a family member for most of her life. She refused to have anything to do with this relative.Read more

posticon How To Overcome Your Fear of Death by John Cali and Spirit

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Forgiveness is the means by which the fear of death is overcome….Forgiveness lets the body be perceived as what it is—a simple teaching tool to be laid by when learning is complete, hardly changing him who learns at all. A Course in Miracles

God is all that is. We are all God.God Is All That Is

Last week someone I’ve known many years killed himself. The details are not important. But our perception of those details, and of the death itself, requires some soul-searching.

Our society assumes it is natural for us to fear death—no matter how, when, where, why it occurs.Read more

posticon Life Is Beautiful, Love Is Beautiful by John Cali and Spirit

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Crematorium_Terezin_cemeteryCrematorium and graveyard at Terezin concentration camp

Last Sunday one of my all-time favorite people died. Alice Herz-Sommer was 110 years old.

Alice survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin. Even though her husband and many family and friends died there, she came away physically and emotionally unharmed. It’s pretty hard to believe, but Alice bore no hatred or resentment toward Nazi Germany.

She loved music and it’s part of the reason she walked away from Terezin virtually unscathed.Read more

posticon Why Do We Need Forgiveness? by John Cali

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Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement (Sistine Chapel)

When I was growing up in the Catholic Church, we were constantly reminded we needed forgiveness for all our sins, great and small. There was no way we were going to make it to heaven unless we constantly begged God to forgive us.

There was even a part of the Sunday Mass service where we were required to say “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you. Only say the word and I shall be healed.”

I struggled with all that, even back when I was a faithful Catholic—many years ago now.Read more

posticon Forgetfulness, Part 2 by John Cali

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One of our friends wrote me in response to our recent blog post, Forgetfulness. Here’s part of what she said:

“Can you talk more on forgiveness and letting go of the resentment…attached with those memories (of pain, anger, sadness)? Is there even anything more left to be said?”… Read more