Author Archives: Bob Patrick

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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December 26–Hope: Not Blame

What is the opposite of hope?  My first thoughts were hopelessness.  Hopelessness is still strangely in the realm of hope.  To be hopeless with all the pain and struggle implied by that experience still requires a hope–a hope that one … Continue reading

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December 21–Hope: Change

It’s been cold and wet and gloomy for many days now.  We even had a day of snow.  Today is a day of change.  Physically.  Globally.  The earth has tilted as far away from the sun in the northern hemisphere … Continue reading

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December 18–Hope: Directional

Binary thinking is something that pervades our culture.  It sets up every problem as a choice between two things and what’s more, it sees them as opposed to each other. The binary “screen” on life does not just see two … Continue reading

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December 18–Hope: Gratitude

If there is a God, a Supreme Being, a Divine Source of all that is, then surely that One hears and receives all offerings of thanks and gratitude.  How could any sort of thanksgiving go anywhere except to the Source … Continue reading

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December 14–Hope: So Much Mercy

So at night in my prayers I often stop And ask a thousand angels to join in And Applaud, And Applaud Anything, Anything in this world That can bring your heart comfort! Hafiz* A young man comes to Hafiz for … Continue reading

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December 5–Hope: What’s cooking?

In yesterday’s post, I observed the 13th century origins of the English word Hope, and how the English roots seem to be specifically Christian terms for salvation from hell by God.  I suggested that as Unitarian Universalists, we might re-shape … Continue reading

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December 4–Hope: Where do we start?

Hope is one of those words.  It is an Old English word, both as a noun, hopa,  and a verb, hopian. They enter the stream of our language in the 12th century as what seem to be entirely Christian theologically based … Continue reading

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November 30–Faith: Unseen Things

It strikes me that faith is called upon for unseen things more often than we sometimes think. The doctor says to take this pill. Someone says to you that what you thought you understood about them was not true, and … Continue reading

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November 28–Faith: Face to Face

I’ve seen some ugly “conversations” on social media.  I notice that we tend to be quicker to say things on social media than we do face to face. Is this about personal cowardice?  Do I not have the “fortitude” to … Continue reading

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