Don’t Quote Me- Quote Maya Angelou

“I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all.”
– Maya Angelou

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Mama Knows Blessed

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, a day very close to my heart. It is a day when I can proudly proclaim, “Feel free to praise me as the giver and sustainer of life that I am and don’t expect me to cook a damn thing all day!” In honor of mothers, here are four important moms in different religious traditions who managed to keep it all together in a time before parenting books, mothers’ groups, and Google.

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Don’t Quote Me- Quote James Martin, SJ

“All these experiences led me to ask: ‘Why can’t contemporary faith be more like this?’ We need, I would suggest, to recover the notion that joy, humor, and laughter do not lie outside the believing life, but are the heart of it. The are the heart of that life.”
(In his book Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, an Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life)

Another One Bites the Dust (but that’s okay)

I am well aware of what things babies and toddlers can ruin (mostly their parents sex lives…Hi-oh!) but there was a news story recently about a toddler ruining something that is created to be destroyed. Here is the article:

Toddler Destroys Monks’ Work

In Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, mandalas are a sort of blue print for the universe, filled with orderly geometric shapes along with patterns and sometimes even different Buddhas (yes, there has been more than one) or Bodhisattvas. A sort of meditation piece, a mandala is inviting the viewer into this drawing and, much like stained glass windows in Christian churches, the image is not meant just to be pretty but is meant to draw the viewer closer to understanding the order of the cosmos. Also like stained glass images, mandalas are based on spiritual scripture and the monks making the mandala must be completely knowledgeable about the text.

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