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posticon The True Meaning of Easter

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Easter is, obviously, a major religious celebration. It marks Jesus’s resurrection from death. But the true meaning of Easter goes beyond the obvious. Here are a few random thoughts about Easter:

  • Easter is very important to me. It’s a second chance. ~ Reba McEntire
    Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. ~ Charles M.Crowe
  • The very first Easter taught us this: Life never ends and love never dies. ~ Kate McGahan
  • Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.
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posticon Religion And Fear

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Berna and I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church. It’s changed some since those long-ago days. But for better or worse?

In hindsight, it’s obvious the church in the old days ruled largely by fear. The standard fear they promoted ran something like this: If you don’t do what we say, you’ll burn in hell forever.

And we believed that!

(In fairness to the modern Roman church under Pope Francis, we note they acknowledge they have work to do.)Read more

posticon Religion: Curse Or Blessing?

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The essential work of religion is to help us recognize and recover the divine image in ourselves and in everything. Whatever we call it, this “image of God” is absolute and unchanging. There is nothing we can do to increase it or decrease it. ~ Reverend Richard Rohr

Spirit

We have often said religion is neither desirable nor undesirable. It depends entirely upon the humans who practice any particular religion or follow any particular religious practices.

Berna and Johnny grew up in the Roman Catholic tradition.Read more

posticon God and Science

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One of our favorite scientists is Carl Sagan. Some people have described him as an atheist. But he denied that label.

Spirit

We define love as simply a choice – a choice to recognize the divinity in all beings (all that is). First, though, what is all that is?

“All that Is” is another term for the Great Spirit—God—Goddess, or whatever other names you want to use for the supreme being. We like “All That Is.”

All That Is is all that exists.Read more

posticon Love and Religion

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Many years ago, I had a startling experience with love and religion.

Still a teenager, I’d joined the US Navy. (Military service was required in those days.) Stationed far from my New York home, I was lonely and homesick, as were my shipmates. Simon (not his real name), my closest friend on the ship, was also from New York.

We were docked in San Diego, California at the time. Simon and I took a weekend off to explore San Diego. We “accidentally” came across a hospitality house owned by a Protestant church.Read more