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This site is a reflection of my world; always in transition and always in search of truth
Shirley McClaine

"No peace among the nations without peace among the religions. No peace among religions without dialogue between the religions. No dialogue between the religions without investigation of the foundation of the religions." Hans Küng

"Democracy cannot exist when people prefer ideas and opinions that are fabricated for them. The actions and statements of citizens must not be mere reactions signifying passive conformity with the dictates of those in power." -- Thomas Merton , in "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander"

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Wings That Fly Us Home

There are many ways of being in this circle we call life
A wise man seeks an answer, burns his candle through the night
Is a jewel just a pebble that found a way to shine
Is a hero's blood more righteous than a hobo's sip of wine

Did I speak to you one morning on some distant world away
Did you save me from an arrow, did you lay me in a grave
Were we brothers on a journey, did you teach me how to run
Were we broken by the waters, did I lie you in the sun

I dreamed you were a prophet in a meadow
I dreamed I was a mountain in the wind
I dreamed you knelt and touched me with a flower
I awoke with this: a flower in my hand

I know that love is seeing all the infinite in one
In the brotherhood of creatures; who the father, who the son
The vision of your goodness will sustain me through the cold
Take my hand now to remember when you find yourself alone

And the spirit fills the darkness of the heavens
It fills the endless yearning of the soul
It lives within a star too far to dream of
It lives within each part and is the whole
It's the fire and the wings that fly us home
Fly us home, fly us home

Words by Joe Henry, music by John Denver

I post this in loving memory of Elaine Anderson Briggs-Cox

[ Agnus Day Cartoon of John 17:20-26]

"A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil that good may come of it." William Penn, 1693

The Paradoxical Commandments
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
-Kent M. Keith

[ cartoon of a factory called Horner Bros bells and whistles, captioned below picture]

..."For my faith, Jesus Christ is decisive. But I am a Christian who strongly believes that God has always been and now is working everywhere in every human culture to redeem the world. I believe that there is ample evidence in the best of the world's religions, including our own, that God's work is effective. Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and others have been and are being transformed by a powerful vision of God that redeems them with hope and infuses their religious practice with compassion, justice and peace. Wherever there is peace and movement toward peace, where there is justice and movement toward justice, God is present and working."

-Joseph C. Hough Jr., president of Union Theological Seminary, New York,

"We are living art, created to hang on, stand up,forebear, continue and encourage others." -- Dr.Maya Angelou, poet

"Hope" is the thing with feathers--
That perches in the soul--
And sings the tune without the words--
And never stops--at all--

And sweetest--in the Gale--is heard--
And sore must be the storm--
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm--

I've heard it in the chillest land--
And on the strangest Sea--
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb--of Me.
Emily Dickinson

When the Baal Shem had a difficult task before him, he would go to a certain place in the woods, light a fire and meditate in prayer - and what he had set out to perform was done. When a generation later the Maggid of Meseritz was faced with the same task he would go to the same place in the woods and say: We can no longer light the fire, but we can still speak the prayers-and what he wanted done became reality. Again a generation later Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sassov had to perform this task. And he too went into the woods and said: We can no longer light the fire, nor do we know the secret meditations belonging to the prayer, but we do know the place in the woods to which it all belongs - and that must be sufficient; and sufficient it was. But when another generation has passed and Rabbi Israel of Rishin was called upon to perform the task, he sat down on his golden chair in his castle and said: We cannot light the fire, we cannot speak the prayers, we do not know the place, but we can tell the story of how it was done. And the story he told had the same effect as the actions of the other three.

As quoted by Jong, Erica. Inventing Memory 1997

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Page Posted: 09 July 2001
Latest Revision 12 July 2006

I want to take this opportunity to thank publically my companion, Rebekah, (see her spectacularly diverse site at The Foxfiles ) for patiently teaching me HTML and helping me build and maintain this site. When I was young, we learned that "reading is FUNdemental" and that I still subscribe to, but learning new things is also FUNdemental. Thanx RT!

The Rockin' Rev. Review is dedicated to the memory of my parents:
Chester Arthur Stoeckel (1923 - 1978)
Barbara Schweinshaut Stoeckel (1920 - 1979)

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