Author Archives: Bob Patrick

September 18–Beauty: The Nature of Things

In his work De Veritate Religione, the 4th century Christian theologian, Augustine asks:  “Is a thing beautiful because it gives delight, or does it give delight because it is beautiful?” That can be said to sum up the philosophical argument over beauty … Continue reading

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September 14–Beauty: Present Tense

It seems that there is something awfully present tense about beauty.  Of course, we can all remember a time when we saw or experienced something beautiful, and that memory is fond.  But, honestly, wouldn’t it be sad to live out … Continue reading

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September 13–Beauty: Strewn About

The wreckage after the Hurricane, whether it is entire communities or just the damage to your fence or roof is not beautiful.  It’s hard and sometimes dangerous, and it creates what will likely be weeks and months of recovery.  Maybe … Continue reading

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September 11–Beauty: It’s in your hands

And it is always there, like love is there. Whether it fairly shouts at me or hides, Whether it turns and turns in my heart Like a slowly turning dagger, it is there.               … Continue reading

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September 5–Beauty: Gratitude Practice

I have shared this practice here before.  I began doing this years ago, and it has a powerful effect on me.  It can be done in any public space.  I began doing it while at the gym. As you move … Continue reading

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September 4–Beauty: The Gods Revealing

I woke up from what seemed like a night full of just weird dreams, and that is most often my experience. I began a complaint in my mind: why can’t I just have a joyful dream every once in a … Continue reading

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August 30–Return Again: To the Present

Let go of your tears that have been a symbol of your attachment to the past. The sadness and self-pity will not wash away one tiny fragment of your past. Gently remind the wounded part of yourself that that was … Continue reading

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August 29–Return Again: Human Dignity

Return again, return again, return to who you are . . . I continue to have this theme of who we are arise in my daily life.  It comes in many forms, and because it does, it seems to want … Continue reading

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August 21–Return Again: Born Again

The phrase “to be born again” holds a lot of religious power for some folks.  It’s an English translation of a line in John’s gospel (written in Greek) which is probably better translated “to be born from above.”  In the … Continue reading

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August 14–Return Again: Illusions, Delusions and Solutions

Yesterday Nathalie Bigord sat next to me during the Service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett.  Our quick greetings and check-ins came to the same place.  It doesn’t feel good to wake up in a country where white supremacists … Continue reading

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