Weekly Meditations

THURSDAY OF EARTH WEEK, APRIL 23, 2020

I am only one; but still I am one.  I cannot do everything; but

still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything,

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

                                                                Edward Everett Hale

WEDNESDAY OF EARTH WEEK, APRIL 22, 2020

In blessed Mother’s view, all are lovable; all souls are accepted,

all carry a sweetness of heart, are beautiful to the eyes; worthy

of consciousness, of being inspired, being  helped, being

comforted and protected – even if other mere humans believe

foolishly to the contrary.

                                                                Clarissa Pinkola Estes

TUESDAY OF EARTH WEEK, APRIL 21, 2020

A viable neighborhood is a community: and a viable community

is made up of neighbors who cherish and protect what they have

in common.

                                                                Wendell  Berry

MONDAY OF EARTH WEEK, APRIL 20, 2020

Messenger

My work is loving the world.

Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—

equal seekers of sweetness.

Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.

Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old?  Is my coat torn?

Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?  Let me

keep my mind on what matters,

which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be

astonished.

The phoebe, the delphinium.

The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.

Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart

and these body-clothes,

a mouth with which to give shouts of joy

to moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,

telling them all, over and over, how it is

that we live forever.

                Mary Oliver

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020

Goodness is stronger than evil; love is stronger than hate;

light is stronger than darkness; life is stronger than death;

victory is ours, through God who loves us.

                                                Bishop Desmond Tutu

HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020

And God stepped out on space,

And he looked around and said:

I’m lonely—

I’ll make me a world.

And far as the eye of God could see

Darkness covered everything,

Blacker than a hundred midnights

Down in a cypress swamp.

Then God smiled,

And the light broke,

And the darkness rolled up on one side,

And the light stood shining on the other,

And God said:  That’s good!

      James Weldon Johnson, from God’s Trombones

 

HOLY WEEK, GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2020

On this day birds refuse to fly, the wind folds its wings, the sea

grows calm.  No bells ring, no baby cries.  On this day clamor ceases,

stillness a silent shroud, to cover sound in breathless waiting.  The

child of life, the son of hope, lover of all pure love, has died. Died

most cruelly.  On this day hang your head, grieve as though grief were

new, for goodness itself has gone away, and peace passed into death.

                                                Steven Charleston, Hope as Old as Fire

HOLY WEEK, MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

Savior of the world, in the garden of Gethsemane you submitted

to the Father’s will:  look mercifully upon our weak and wayward

lives, and arm us with such strength and courage that we may tread

without fear the appointed path of duty, and evermore follow the

patterns of your costly obedience, for your honor and glory, who lives

and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.            

Amen

                Book of Common Prayer, Maundy Thursday Service.

HOLY WEEK, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020

“Sit here while I pray.” 

He then selects three of them, …  to form yet another

ring of protection and company.  “Remain here, and keep awake.”           

                                                Julia Alvarez, All Shall Be Well

HOLY WEEK, TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020

Jesus Christ, the incarnate God:  this means that God has bodily taken on

everything that is human; that from now on, divine essence can be found

in none other than human form; that in Jesus Christ human beings are free

before God to be real human beings.  Being “Christian” is not an end in itself,

but consists in the fact that human beings as human beings can and should

 live before God.

                                                                Dietrich Bonhoeffer

HOLY WEEK MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020

The kingdom, Jesus taught, is right here – present yet hidden,

permanent yet transcendent.  It is at hand — among us and beyond us,

now and not-yet.  The kingdom of heaven, he said, belongs to the poor,

the meek, the peacemakers, the merciful, and those who hunger and thirst

or God.  It advances not through power and might, but through missions

of mercy, kindness, and humility.  In this kingdom, many who are last will be

first and many who are first will be last.  The rich don’t usually get it, Jesus said,

but children always do.  This is a kingdom whose savior arrives not on a warhorse,

 but a donkey, not through triumph and conquest, but through death and

resurrection.  This kingdom is the only kingdom that will last.

                Rachel Held Evans, Inspired:  Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020

My own salvation has no joy if in rising I leave others behind. 

Take my part of Easter’s light, dear God, and share it with those

in shadow.  Let me wait for your promise until they can claim it with me.

                                                                                Steven Charleston

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

So, friends, every day do something

that won’t compute.  Love the Lord.

Love the world.  Work for nothing.

Take all that you have and be poor.

                Wendell Berry,  from “Practice Resurrection”

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020

To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. 

But to feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know …

is something still greater and more beautiful…

                                                                                                Pablo Neruda

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020

It is in the telling of our stories that God is revealed, and Jesus, the cross,

and the resurrection become real –all of our lives become the bread and the

cup—elements of eternal life amidst the dust.

                                                Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, All Shall Be Well, “Why I Love Lent”

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to

love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books

that are now written in a very foreign tongue.  Do not now seek

the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not

be able to live them.   And the point is, to live everything.  Live

the questions now.  Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you

will gradually, without ever noticing it, live your way into the answer.

                                                                                Rainer Maria Rilke

ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020

God is bread when you’re hungry, water when you’re thirsty, a harbor

from the storm. God’s father to the fatherless, a mother to the motherless,

God’s my sister, my brother, my leader, my guide, my teacher, my comforter,

my friend…God’s my all in all, my everything.

                                                                                                Thea Bowman

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020

We should challenge the relativism that tells us there is no right or wrong,

when every instinct of our mind knows it is not so, and is a mere excuse

to allow us to indulge in what we believe we can get away with.  A world

without values quickly becomes a world without value.

                                                                                Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

PRESIDENTS’ DAY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17

American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful,

and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.

                                                                                James Baldwin

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Oppressive language does more than represent violence;

it is violence; does more than represent the limits of

knowledge; it limits knowledge.

                                                                Toni Morrison

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Anytime the Bible is used to justify the oppression and exploitation

of others, we have strayed far fromthe God who brought the people

of Israel out of Egypt, “out of the land of slavery.”

                                                                                Rachel Held Evans

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020

It has long been a matter of serious moment that for decades

 [Christians]have studied the various peoples of the world and

those who live as our neighbors as objects of missionary endeavor

and enterprise without beingat all willing to treat them either as

brothers or as human beings.

                                                                                Howard Thurman

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020

This is what was bequeathed us:

This earth the beloved left

And, leaving

Left to us.

No other world

But this one:

Willows and the river

And the factory

With its black smokestacks.

No meaning but what we find here.

No purpose but what we make.

That, and the beloved’s clear instructions:

Turn me into song:  sing me awake.

                                       Gregory Orr

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010

The Arabs used to say,

When a stranger appears at your door,

feed him for three days

 before asking who he is,

where he’s headed.

That way, he’ll have strength enough to answer.

Or, by then you’ll be such good friends

you don’t care.

Let’s go back to that.     

                            Naomi Shihab Nye, 19 Varieties of Gazelle

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020

Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can.

                                John Wesley

NEW YEARS DAY, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020

When the eighth day arrived, the day of circumcision, the child was

 named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived.

                                                        Luke 2: 21, Message Bible

CHRISTMAS DAY, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2019

Light of life you came in flesh, born into human pain and joy,

 and gave us power to be your children.

Grant us faith, O Christ, to see your presence among us, so that

all of creation may sing new songs of gladness and walk in the

way of peace.  Amen     

                                                Revised Common Lectionary Prayers

CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24, 2019

At night darkness knits a giant cap to hold the dreams in.

                                                                                Naomi Shihab Nye, 19 Varieties of Gazelle

DECEMBER 18, 2019

The blessedness of waiting is lost on those who cannot wait, and fulfillment is never theirs.

They want quick answers to the deepest questions of life and

miss the value of those patient times of anxious waiting,

seeking with patient uncertainties until the answers come. 

They lose the moment when answers are revealed in dazzling certainty.

                                                                Dietrich Bonhoeffer

DECEMBER 11, 2019

Attention is the beginning of devotion.

                                                                Mary Oliver

DECEMBER 4, 2019, ADVENT WEEK 1

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

                                                                Rumi

THANKSGIVING DAY, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2019

Prayer is sitting in silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude

until we are grateful, and praising God until we ourselves are an

act of praise.  Mature prayer always breaks into gratitude.

                                                                                Richard Rohr

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27. 2019

Meister Eckhart is reputed to have said “that if it is a choice

between mystical rapture and giving a sick person soup, one

should forget the rapture and get the soup.

                quoted in The Secret Teachers of the Western World, Gary Lachman

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

I believe that one of the most important things we share with

God is the ability to imagine.  We are not created to be pious

judges of other people’s behavior, the chosen few destined for

eternity, or the keepers of religions that have become museums. 

We are created to be spiritual dreamers.  To imagine. To wonder.

 What we share with God is not perfection, but poetry.

                                                STEVEN CHARLESTON,  ARROWS OF LIGHT

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

This Morning I Pray for My Enemies

And whom do I call my enemy?

An enemy must be worthy of engagement.

I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking.

It’s the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind.

The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun.

It sees and knows everything.

It hears the gnashing even as it hears the blessing.

The door of the mind should only open from the heart.

An enemy who gets in, risks the danger of becoming a friend.

                                                                                                Joy Harjo

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019

The apostles remembered what many modern

Christians tend to forget –

That what makes the gospel offensive isn’t who

it keeps out but who it lets in.

                Rachel Held Evans, Inspired:  Slaying Giants,

Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019 ALL SAINTS

Every blade in the field –

Every leaf in the forest –

Lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.

                                                                Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

And yet, and yet – there  is always an ‘and yet’ in American history.

                                    Jon Meacham, Soul of America

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Light within our light

Soul behind all souls

at the breaking of dawn

at the coming of day

we wait and watch.

Your light within the morning light

your soul within the human soul

your presence beckoning to us from the heart of life.

In the dawning of this day

let us know fresh shinings in our soul.

In the growing colours of new beginning all around us

let us know the first lights of our heart.

Great Star of the morning

Inner Flame of the universe

let us be a colour in this new dawning.

                                                                        John Philip Newell, Praying with the Earth

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

One river gives its journey to the next.                                  Alberto Rios

Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2019

Blood that has soaked into the sands of a beach is all of one color.  America stands unique in the world:  the only country not founded on race but on a way, an ideal.  Not in spite of but because of our polyglot background we have had all the strength in the world.  That is the American way.

            Ronald Reagan, in Jon Meacham, Soul of America:  The Battle for our Better Angels

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Instructions for living a life:  pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.

                Mary Oliver

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

I’ve often said that those who say having a childlike faith means not asking questions haven’t met too many children.

                Rachel Held Evans, Inspired:  Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

May 22, 2019

Faith is a process of leaping into the abyss not on the basis of any certainty about where we shall land, but rather on the belief that we shall land.

                                                          Carter Heywood 

May 15, 2019

All that matters is to be at one with the living God

to be a creature in the house of the God of Life.

D. H. Lawrence, “Pax”

May 8, 2019

So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.  The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.  Then the word of the Lord came to me.  Can I do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done?  says the Lord.  Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

                                                          Jeremiah 18: 3-6

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

There is in Celtic mythology the notion of “thin places” in the universe where the visible and the invisible world come into their closest proximity.  To seek such places is the vocation of the wise and the good and for those that find them, the clearest communication between the temporal and eternal.  Mountains and rivers are particularly favored as thin places marking invariably as they do the horizontal and perpendicular frontiers.  But perhaps the ultimate of these thin places in the human condition are the experiences people are likely to have as they encounter suffering, joy, and mystery.

                                                                   Peter Gomes

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Be creative in every day ordinary life, with what’s familiar and enlivening and with what’s different and uncomfortable.  Creativity reflects and relates us to the Divine Artist.  Creativity is vulnerable, which Jesus experienced.  Watch for what is revealed as you risk creating.

                             Br. Luke Ditewig, Society of St. John the Evangelist

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

I believe the summary meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus is totally summed up in the climactic line from the Song of Songs (8:6) that I translate as “love is stronger than death.”  If the banner that the risen Christ usually holds in art should say anything that is what it should say:  Amor vincit omnia! Love will win!  Love is all that remains.  Love and life are finally the same thing, and you know that for yourself once you have walked through death.

                                                Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond

Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019

                   Tell them, Mary, Jesus said,

                   smelling the blossomed air,

                   tell my people to rise with me

                   to heal the Earth’s despair.

                                                                   Edwina Gateley, “Tell Them”

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross.

                                                          Philippians 2: 5-8

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019

I give you a new commandment:  Love one another as I have loved you.

                                      Maundy Thursday service, Book of Common Prayer

 

Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17, 2019

He said to another prisoner, “This is the end. 

For me, the beginning of life.” 

Bonhoeffer was hanged the next day, April 9, at Flossenburg Prison.

                                                Holy Women Holy Men, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Tuesday of Holy Week, April 16, 2019

We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven…always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.  

From II Corinthians

Monday of Holy Week, April 15, 2019

God is never a set of concepts to be understood but a relationship to encounter.  In this way the spiritual life is always a journey.  We do not let go once and for all.   Instead, we move through the layers of our lives until we are living more from our hearts than our minds.

                                                Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

     Have I lived enough?

     Have I loved enough?

     Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?

     Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?

     Have I endured loneliness with grace?

 

     I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.

              Actually, I probably think too much.

 

     Then I step out into the garden,

     where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man,

              is tending his children, the roses.

                                                     Mary Oliver, “The Gardener”

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work.   Still, we are only grateful people when we can say “Thank you” to all that has brought us to the present moment.

                                                              Henri J. M. Nouwen

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Christian holiness was never meant to be merely negative. Of course you have to weed the garden from time to time; sometimes the ground ivy may need serious digging before you can get it out.  That’s Lent for you.

N.T. Wright

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

                                                              Maya Angelou

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lord, I come to you with my pain and my words tangled together.  Hear me, O God, and help.  Amen

                                                                        Unknown

International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2019

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The confidence of the Christian is always a confidence in spite of darkness and risk, in the presence of peril, with every evidence of possible disaster.

                                                     Thomas Merton

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

For people of color, race tends to be a defining aspect of our lives, whereas white people tend not to recognize the ways in which race shapes their lives.  This incongruence in life experience and racial awareness is at the heart of why so many discussions about race fail.

                                                     Ashley Steele

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hate corrodes the container it’s carried in.

                                                     Sen. Alan Simpson

Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 18, 2019

The Americas have been a font of hope and new life for many people around the world in the last five hundred years.  We hope and pray that the God of life will resurrect those other people for whom the Americas have largely been a cross and Calvary.  We pray that God may destroy in us everything that leads to the suffering and death of others, turning us into agents of new life rather than of death.

                                                              Virgil Elizondo, “Way of the Cross”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It always seems impossible, until it’s done.

Nelson Mandela

 

Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 18, 2019

The Americas have been a font of hope and new life for many people around the world in the last five hundred years.  We hope and pray that the God of life will resurrect those other people for whom the Americas have largely been a cross and Calvary.  We pray that God may destroy in us everything that leads to the suffering and death of others, turning us into agents of new life rather than of death.

Virgil Elizondo, “Way of the Cross”

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hate corrodes the container it’s carried in.

Sen. Alan Simpson

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

For people of color, race tends to be a defining aspect of our lives, whereas white people tend not to recognize the ways in which race shapes their lives.  This incongruence in life experience and racial awareness is at the heart of why so many discussions about race fail.

Ashley Steele

 

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The confidence of the Christian is always a confidence in spite of darkness and risk, in the presence of peril, with every evidence of possible disaster.

Thomas Merton

 

International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2019

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman

 

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lord, I come to you with my pain and my words tangled together.  Hear me, O God, and help.  Amen

Unknown

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Maya Angelou

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Christian holiness was never meant to be merely negative. Of course you have to weed the garden from time to time; sometimes the ground ivy may need serious digging before you can get it out.  That’s Lent for you.

  1. T. Wright

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work.   Still, we are only grateful people when we can say “Thank you” to all that has brought us to the present moment.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Have I lived enough?

Have I loved enough?

Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?

Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?

Have I endured loneliness with grace?

 

I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.

Actually, I probably think too much.

 

Then I step out into the garden,

where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man,

is tending his children, the roses.

Mary Oliver, “The Gardener”

 

Monday of Holy Week, April 15, 2019

God is never a set of concepts to be understood but a relationship to encounter.  In this way the spiritual life is always a journey.  We do not let go once and for all.   Instead, we move through the layers of our lives until we are living more from our hearts than our minds.

Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim

 

 

 

 

Tuesday of Holy Week, April 16, 2019

We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven…always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.

From II Corinthians

 

Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17, 2019

He said to another prisoner, “This is the end.

For me, the beginning of life.”

Bonhoeffer was hanged the next day, April 9, at Flossenburg Prison.

Holy Women Holy Men, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019

I give you a new commandment:  Love one another as I have loved you.

Maundy Thursday service, Book of Common Prayer

 

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross.

Philippians 2: 5-8

Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019

                   Tell them, Mary, Jesus said,

                   smelling the blossomed air,

                   tell my people to rise with me

                   to heal the Earth’s despair.

                                                                   Edwina Gateley, “Tell Them”

 

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

I believe the summary meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus is totally summed up in the climactic line from the Song of Songs (8:6) that I translate as “love is stronger than death.”  If the banner that the risen Christ usually holds in art should say anything that is what it should say:  Amor vincit omnia! Love will win!  Love is all that remains.  Love and life are finally the same thing, and you know that for yourself once you have walked through death.

                                                Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond

 

 

 

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Be creative in every day ordinary life, with what’s familiar and enlivening and with what’s different and uncomfortable.  Creativity reflects and relates us to the Divine Artist.  Creativity is vulnerable, which Jesus experienced.  Watch for what is revealed as you risk creating.

                             Br. Luke Ditewig, Society of St. John the Evangelist

 

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

There is in Celtic mythology the notion of “thin places” in the universe where the visible and the invisible world come into their closest proximity.  To seek such places is the vocation of the wise and the good and for those that find them, the clearest communication between the temporal and eternal.  Mountains and rivers are particularly favored as thin places marking invariably as they do the horizontal and perpendicular frontiers.  But perhaps the ultimate of these thin places in the human condition are the experiences people are likely to have as they encounter suffering, joy, and mystery.

                                                                   Peter Gomes