Tag Archive for ‘love’

FirstDay Sermon: Love Is Not a Numbers Game. Life Is Not a Matter of Numbers.

“For if we think of this existence of the individual as a larger or smaller room, it appears evident that most people learn to know only a corner of their room.” –Rainer Maria Rilke This past week, I was preparing to teach one of my college classes in which students read academic articles about culture and then respond by writing analytical essays. (Wow, that sounds boring.) Our particular focus is […]

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FirstDay Sermon: Unconditional Love

“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation…. Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over, and uniting with another (for what would a union be of something unclarified and unfinished, still subordinate—?), it is a high inducement to the individual […]

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Jana Rose

I am not ashamed. * Women are taught to give everything up. As a child, I was abused and abandoned. As a teenager, no one saw me. When I became a woman, marriage didn’t suit me. I offer you my body, my wounds, my story, so that you too may heal.   * I do not want to die. Many women in this world, however, secretly long to. They struggle […]

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The Middle Way

There is no such thing as sin; rather you yourselves are what produces sin when you act in accordance with the nature of adultery [unfaithfulness], which is called “sin.” For this reason, the Good came among you, pursuing (the good) which belongs to every nature. It will set it within its root. This is why you get sick and die: because you love what deceives you. –Gospel of Mary Magdalene […]

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The Shadow of Love

“I’m not interested in that kind of love,” Mel said. “If that’s love, you can have it.” –Raymond Carver, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” There is a kind of love that is not love at all. It just wears the mask of love, like demons sometimes wear the mask of light. This Thing, which is really Pain in disguise, is not about giving to another person, […]

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