Category Archives: Hearts Burning

Islamic Heart Work

Like a poem.  A gift from the heart of Omid Safi.  Whose written word set fire to my own heart: In a cool mountain night, I put on a few pieces of wood on the fire, and stood there watching … Continue reading

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Whenever Two or Three…

More and more I am impressed with how Jewish was Jesus, how Jewish was the thinking of the early assembly of disciples:  Wrestling with their memories of the living Jesus and their experiences of the Risen Christ – in the … Continue reading

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Heart Work

As the Rabbis put it (Berakot 29b): Prayer which has become so set that it no longer permits of creative newness, has ceased to be devotional. Isaiah 43.19 records these words of Yahweh: I am about to do a new … Continue reading

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Taking Everything to Heart

Who burns with the bliss And suffers the sorrow Of every creature Within his own heart, Making his own Each bliss and each sorrow: Him I hold highest Of all the saints. Bagavad Gita

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Why do the protesters keep saying “Allahu Akbar”?

A beautiful discussion at the website, LIBYA 17th February 2011, starts with the question above and an answer by CanadianLibyan who wrote: The words “Allahu akbar” have, unfortunately, acquired a sinister connotation. All they mean is “God is great” or … Continue reading

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Veneration of the Name

Think of the importance of “naming”.  Of what a name means.  How we rely on that as way of referring to someone or something.  As a means of “calling” or “being called”.  Veneration of “Ha-Shem” (The Name) is already a … Continue reading

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Mary treasured all these things in her heart

Remembrance.  Pondering in depth.  Recounting for oneself the salient moments where Holy Mystery has visited us, blessing or perhaps wounding us to our core.  Over and over Luke’s Gospel points to this powerful and necessary task.  Mary’s task and our … Continue reading

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