Author Archives: Bob Patrick

January 16–Justice: Democracy

Tending to our American democracy is more difficult than any of us imagine. At its core, democracy as we practice it is founded on inalienable rights–life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as the Declaration of Independence affirms, but the … Continue reading

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January 15–Justice: MLK National Holiday

Forty years ago, I was a senior in high school.  What I “knew” about Martin Luther King, Jr was that he was a “trouble-maker” and “a communist.”  Mostly, I didn’t have many thoughts about him at all, but when his … Continue reading

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January 11–Justice: Kindness

Kindness is more important than wisdom,  and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. Theodore Rubin Often, we think of wisdom as taking whatever knowledge we have gained and turning it into some sort of life practice.  I … Continue reading

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January 10–Justice: Where to start

This past Sunday, Rev. Jan shared a spiritual practice with us that she learned to do at the beginning of any and every other spiritual practice.  It reminded me immediately of one that I learned years ago.  At the very … Continue reading

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January 9–Justice: Anger and Fear

“Where there is anger, there is always fear.”  This was the theme of an episode of the PBS long running series Call the Midwife. It is an observation about human life echoed by other observers.  Ekhart Tolle says: “Where there is … Continue reading

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January 5–Justice: Bestowing Bounty

Rumi calls justice “bestowing bounty in its proper place.”  I find that a powerful phrase to hold in mind and heart as I consider any sort of justice work that I give myself to.  In some real sense, those who … Continue reading

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January 4–Justice: Conditions

As I ponder justice, I keep encountering all of the conditions that seem to be in place whenever human beings speak of justice, injustice and social justice. There are the conditions that the suffering person is in. When we can … Continue reading

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January 3–Justice: Bestowing Bounty

What is justice? Giving water to trees. What is injustice? To give water to thorns. Justice consists in bestowing bounty in its proper place, not on every root that will absorb water. – Rumi Poetry invites, incites, and implicates.  At … Continue reading

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January 2–Justice: Our Interactions

Justice.  The roots of this word are ancient.  They appear all over the Latin language, but Latin was a late arrival.  The Sanskrit word “yu” is the root, which means to join. To join. Justice is a joining. The Latin … Continue reading

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December 27–Hope: Friendship

A friend recently reminded me of a quotation from the Roman orator, politician and philosopher, Cicero’s philosophical essay on Friendship.  In that essay, he notes that there are many benefits of friendship, but the greatest of those benefits is that … Continue reading

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