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#5119 - Monday, December 23, 2013 - Editor: Gloria Lee
Nonduality Highlights •
"Tis the season, a snow artist, and the say what? Pope."

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in 
a conspiracy of love."
~ Hamilton Wright Mabi

The edges of our bodies only exist in our minds. The 
difference between the space inside us and the space 
outside us is only a thought. I contain you, you contain 
me. Together, we breathe the earth. Consciousness is 
the world. Clearly seeing this is the only solution. 
Merry Christmas.
~ Fred LaMotte

A stray dog (a shepherd, no less!) found his way into a 
nativity scene and curled up for the night. He was 
adopted by a member of the church.

Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of 
light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason. 
~ Pope Francis I

"My prayers turn towards a sacred world we seem to 
have forgotten. This prayer sometimes feels as if the 
Earth itself were crying through me, imploring us to 
remember it at this time of need. Maybe in this 
darkening something can be born, a new way of being 
that respects all of life, that sustains the whole of 
creation. Maybe once again we can remember our love 
for the Earth, our reverence for what is sacred within 
all of creation, and honor all of its inhabitants. Then 
our hearts can open and sense the divine that is all 
around us -- our prayers turn into praise. Once again 
we can live in an ensouled world that nourishes us 
everyday with sacred meaning."
—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Read the full article here:
Artwork: Yvonne Pfeifer
via The Sacred Feminine for Life on Facebook

Pope Francis
So why does the gospel sound so radical when Pope 
Francis speaks? Is it really unexpected 
from him? And how did he get to be Man of the Year 
without really doing anything, but simply surprising 
Read more at 
'Who am I to judge?': The pope's most powerful phrase in 2013
"Francis is saying the church is a big tent and he has 
to be welcoming. It's an incredible change." 
For Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest like Francis, the 
most important words from Francis this year were 
written, not spoken.
"Look at the title of his latest apostolic exhortation. 
It's 'the joy of the Gospel,' not the 'the truth of the 
Gospel,'" he said.
"He has rebranded the church as welcoming, 
compassionate, a church for the poor as opposed to a 
church that nags people and is worried about rules and 
regulations," said Reese, author of "Inside the 
"The analogy I love to use is when you go home for 
Christmas, what you want is a hug from your mom. You 
don't want to be asked about your nose ring, or why 
you dyed your hair, or who are you sleeping with now? 
He is trying to turn the church into a loving parent, 
not a nagging parent."

It Looks Like A Crazy Guy Just Walking 
Around In The Snow. Then You Zoom Out And.. 
Simon Beck's art reminds of crop circles and sand mandalas,
all destined to be very temporary art forms.


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