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Vol. VI. No. 34 ***** Wayne A. Holst, Editor ***** Colleagues List Blog: http://colleagueslist.blogspot.com/ ***** In This Issue - Special Item This Week: 'Thin Places' on Our Celtic Tour ___ Colleague Comment: Lance Woodruff Kelly Johnson ___ Colleague Contributions: Reginald Bibby Ron Rolheiser Mark Noll Lorna Dueck Jim Taylor Robert Ellsberg ___ Net Notes: Book Stirs Controversy What Oprah Has Done for Books John Paul II Beatified in Rome Bard Was a Catholic but No Saint Hockey as Canada's National Religion Egypt's Christians Fear New Violence Wrong to Celebrate Bin Laden's Death? Australian Bishop Ordered to Step Down Loose Connections and Church Membership Vatican Halts Cathedral Methodist Ordinations ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Seventeen ENI Geneva stories appear this week. ___ Quotes of the Week: Jacques Ellul Mahatma Gandhi Morton Kelsey Mother Teresa Meister Eckhart The Dalai Lama Mary Oliver ___ On This Day: May 8, 1973 - Native Americans Surrender at Wounded Knee May 13, 1981 - John Paul Shot and Badly Wounded in Rome June 1, 1968 - Author-Lecturer Helen Keller Dies in CT June 2, 1953 - Elizabeth II Crowned in Westminster Abbey ___ Closing Thought - Thomas Aquinas (end) ***** Dear Friends: In this issue of Colleagues List, I attempt to provide a number of news items and articles from the past six weeks, as we have been away. Next week, I plan to introduce a number of new books by colleagues June Maffin (Victoria) Ron Rolheiser (San Antonio) and Douglas Hall (Montreal). I will also include a new article by Mathew Zachariah (Calgary.) This week, however, I have a lot of good material gleaned from a rather careful culling of almost 3,000 inbox emails that confronted me when I opened my computer on May 25th! --- My special item this week is a brief essay on three sacred sites Marlene and I appreciated during our tour of the Celtic Lands. --- Colleague comments this week are from: Lance Woodruff and Kelly Johnson who refer to last week's items on the death of Delton Glebe and the forest fires of Slave Lake, Alberta. --- Colleague contributions are provided by: Reginald Bibby, Ron Rolheiser, Mark Noll, Lorna Dueck, Jim Taylor and Robert Ellsberg --- Net Notes: "Book Stirs Controversy" - Sr. Elizabeth Johnson was criticized for a book she wrote four years ago which, the Vatican claims, "does not take the faith of the Church as its starting point." (Publishers Weekly) "What Oprah Has Done for Books - the TV idol who promoted some very fortunate authors has now ended her regular daytime broadcasts (Christian Science Monitor) "John Paul II Beatified in Rome" - great throngs attended the public beatification of a recent pope (The Guardian) "Bard Was a Catholic but No Saint" - Dr. Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, gave a special talk on Shakespeare at the Hay Festival in the UK (The Telegraph) "Hockey as Canada's National Religion" - this not surprising article is about Canada's national sport and, for many, it's national religion (Vancouver Sun) "Egypt's Christians Fear New Violence" - while many celebrate the 'Arab Spring' Christians in Egypt are not so happy about developments (New York Times) "Wrong to Celebrate Bin Laden's Death?" - two articles are presented, reflecting on the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden early in May (National Public Radio, The Christian Century) "Australian Bishop Ordered to Step Down" - an RC bishop who said he could support the ordination of women and of married priests is no longer in office, but these seem to be issues that will not go away (Ucan News, National Catholic Reporter) "Loose Connections and Church Membership" - the nature of church membership in North America is in great flux today (The Christian Century) "Rome Halts Cathedral Methodist Ordinations" - a Methodist ordination service was planned for the Liverpool RC Cathedral, but under pressure, the RC bishop of Liverpool had to withdraw his invitation (Ucan News) ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Seventeen Geneva-released stories appear this week offered through the services of Ecumenical News International. ___ Quotes of the Week: Jacques Ellul, Mahatma Gandhi, Morton Kelsey, Mother Teresa, Meister Eckhart, The Dalai Lama, and Mary Oliver share insights with us. ___ On This Day: Native Americans Surrender at Wounded Knee (1973) John Paul Shot and Badly Wounded in Rome (1981) Author-Lecturer Helen Keller Dies in CT (1968) Elizabeth II Crowned in Westminster Abbey (1953) __ Closing Thoughts - this week are from Thomas Aquinas with comment by Matthew Fox (end) Wayne ************************ SPECIAL ST. DAVID'S LINKS Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (or)email@example.com St. David's Web Address -http://sduc.ca/ Listen to audio recordings of Sunday services - http://sduc.ca/services.htm ___ ST DAVID'S ACTS WEB PAGE Created and maintained by Colleague Jock McTavish http://stdavidscalgary.net/ NOTE: This page is being reconstructed. ***** REMINDER: ST. DAVID'S 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF CELTIC LANDS - 2011 35 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN THIS PILGRIMAGE THRU CELTIC LANDS FROM APRIL 26th-May 10th. The following is a list of tour members: Ruth Cross, Paula Davis, Dorothy Duker, Joeli & Tom Frank, Donna Friesen, Vi Glidden, Joan Gray, Alex Hart, Marlene & Wayne Holst, Merilyn King, Charlene Lazurak, Carol Lawrence and Gerry McBride, June Martin, Sylvia and Ian McDonald, Karen McKeown, Bonnae and Jock McTavish, Helen Murray, Linda Nemeth, Andrea Owen, Carol Owen, Margaret Pellici, Mathew Rubuliak, Bev and George Setterington,Gail Shaver, Betty Smith, Christy Stiles, Diane and Mike Trew, Joanne Wiens. We appreciate the support and prayers of many people and hope to continue sharing our experience with any who are interested. ___ We have started an interest list for other, future tours with a spiritual dimension! Let me know if you are interested in learning more about exciting, spiritual tourism! This is a cutting edge ministry at St. David's. Take a look at the St. David's, Wales Sacred Site. For many, our day here was a trip highlight. http://tinyurl.com/4gbg35t ***** STUDY ARCHIVES A collection of twenty-five+ studies conducted since 2000 can quickly be found at: http://bookstudies.stdavidscalgary.net/ This collection of study resources represents a decade of Monday Night Studies at St. David's, plus extra courses too! You are welcome to use our course outlines, class notes and resource pages in your personal and group reflections. ****************************************** SPECIAL ITEM THIN PLACES ON OUR TOUR OF THE CELTIC LANDS While we visited many beautiful cathedrals and other sacred buildings during our travels in the UK and Ireland I would like to focus today on three special sites where I felt particularly close to God. --- What We Visited The ruins of Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island, (on England's northest coast, just south of it's border with Scotland;) Monasterboice, near Drogheda and the Boyne in Ireland's County Louth (north of Dublin) and the church and yard of St. Brynach's (in Pembrokeshire, Wales, not far from Fishguard and St. David's Cathedral itself) - provided for me three unique experiences of what the ancient Christian Celts called "thin places." Each in its own way, these ruins and graveyards - basking in sunlight but also profoundly veiled and misty in nature - gave me a sense that the spirit of God was uniquely present there. Lindisfarne was the creation of St. Aidan who left Ireland to join the community of Columba in Iona (western Scotland). The intent of this mission was to convert the English who had lost touch with their Roman Christian influences by the fifth century, CE. The monastic site of Monasterboice also dates back to the fifth century; founded by St. Buite who was a disciple of St. Patrick. In the 9th and 10th centuries, this setting was an important centre of learning. Most of its books and other treasures were plundered and burned, so only tall stone crosses and a tower remain as mute but profound evidence of its former glory. The church and churchyard of Nevern boast a beautiful celtic cross from the 10th or 11th centuries and a 'bleeding' yew tree, whose open wound with seeping sap is blood red. Dedicated to St. Brynach, an Irish apostle to the Welsh in the sixth century, the present church dates from the 12th or 13th century and probably overlies an earlier site. I was not too interested in separating true history from legend at any of these sacred places. My interest was in the experience of the sacred that came to me while visiting. Those feelings have remained with me since I departed. I have been changed because of it. --- What This Means to Me I am a person that is strongly shaped by the rational, secular world in which I live. No doubt, many of the people who founded and frequented these holy sites over the centuries had a very different understanding of Christianity than I have today. Still, I find myself drawn to them and to these places in a magnificently mystical way. My cognitive brain is not so attuned to such places as the intuitive functions of my head and heart. As I allow these to influence me - especially now in retrospect - I am drawn to a sense of awe and wonder. I feel myself drawn into a community of saints that stretches back for millennia and reaches forward to infinity. --- Wider Meanings Sacred places exist everywhere. One does not have to leave one's own shores to find them. Still, it is important to visit sites that have been blessed by the presence of centuries of saints and pilgrims - of diverse people of faith - many of whom were quite unlike me and who probably led much more difficult lives than I. To know that the same faith which sustained them sustains me - is profoundly comforting. --- Read More: Lindisfarne - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindisfarne Monasterboice - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monasterboice Nevern, St. Brynach's Church - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevern ***** COLLEAGUE COMMENT The May 28th issue of Colleagues List: Re: Delton Glebe Death, Slave Lake Fires May 27th Thanks for sharing about your friend and mentor Delton Glebe. Reading his obituary (itself an antique communication form) found me wondering about who he was as a young man. I pause to reflect on the importance of one-on-one, face- to-face relationship. How different and important your own communication to wider circles. For me it gives rise to the mystery of being, and of communication. May Delton Glebe journey peacefully. Sitting in an air conditioned room in Bangkok I find myself wondering about life and loss in Slave Lake, Alberta - one third of the homes burned and 7,000 people evacuated. Your family was spared some of the tragedy, but something has happened. Lance Woodruff, Bangkok, Thailand. --- May 27th Nice to have mentors we can all look to. His age - 93 years - is pretty impressive. I've got a friend with Samaritan's Purse who has also been helping (people in the fire) at Slave Lake. Kelly Johnson, Calgary, Alberta ***** COLLEAGUE CONTRIBUTIONS REGINALD BIBBY Lethbridge, AB "A Mirror of Faith on a Canadian Wall" Globe and Mail, April 25th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3h4ffpv ___ RON ROLHEISER San Antonio, TX "The Gift that was Henri Nouwen" Personal Website May 1st, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3k6svqs ___ MARK NOLL South Bend, IN "A World Without the KJV" Christianity Today May 6th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3kdjrlj --- "British are Clueless about Origins of Biblical Phrases from KJV" Ucan News May 17th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/5uy4urd ___ LORNA DUECK Toronto, ON "Listen Up Moves to Prime Location" Popular Christian current affairs program Christianweek.org June 2nd, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3hr3py2 ___ JIM TAYLOR Okanagan, BC "Changeless, but Ever Changing" Classical music as a metaphor of God Personal Weblog May 19th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3jl47g8 _____ ROBERT ELLSBERG Marynoll, NY "A Remarkable Christian Life" The Letters of Dorothy Day National Catholic Reporter May 20th, 2011 http://ncronline.org/node/24252 --- "All is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day" by Jim Forest America Magazine May 23rd, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/42xgfva ***** NET NOTES BOOK STIRS CONTROVERSY Four Years After Publication Catholic Woman's Book Draws Rebuke Publisher's Weekly April 28th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/4yeeod8 ***** WHAT OPRAH HAS DONE FOR BOOKS Everything She Promoted Went Gold Christian Science Moniter May 24th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3zofd58 ***** JEAN PAUL II BEATIFIED IN ROME Huge Crowds Participate in Celemony The Guardian May 1st, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3d6jna4 ***** BARD WAS A CATHOLIC BUT NO SAINT The Telegraph, May 29th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/42mddf9 ***** HOCKEY AS CANADA'S NATIONAL RELIGION Vancouver Sun June 1st, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3hyag6p ***** EGYPT'S CHRISTIANS FEAR NEW REGIME VIOLENCE New York Times May 31st, 2011 A surge of sectarian violence in Cairo has turned Christian-Muslim tensions into one of the gravest threats to the revolution's stability. http://tinyurl.com/3vq2bod ***** IS IT WRONG TO CELEBRATE BIN LADIN'S DEATH? National Public Radio May 2nd, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3c23r7o --- "Justice or Vengeance?" The Christian Century May 4th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3kpq4u2 ***** AUSTRALIAN BISHOP ORDERED TO STEP DOWN Ecumenical News International May 2nd, 2011 Vatican removes Australian bishop who said he was open to ordaining women Rome (ENI news) - The Vatican on 2 May announced that it relieved Australian bishop William Morris of his post, five years after he published a letter interpreted to indicate that he would be open to ordaining women and married men as priests if it were not prohibited by church rules. In an open letter released in his Toowoomba diocese, which is west of Brisbane, Morris said his 2006 letter had been "misread, and, I believe, deliberately misinterpreted." Morris said he was encouraged to resign but that he declined to do so on the grounds that doing so would "mean that I accept the assessment of myself as breaking communion [with the Holy See], which I absolutely refute and reject." He added that he was being forced into early retirement. --- Bishop Tells Story of His Dismissal Ucan News (You Tube Interview) May 6th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3hyl9j8 --- Morale Falters in Australian Church National Catholic Reporter May 29th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/5w24cl2 ***** LOOSE CONNECTIONS: WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CHURCH MEMBERSHIP? The Christian Century MaY 23rd, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3vv4rzs ***** VATICAN HALTS METHODIST ORDINATIONS IN UK CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL Ucan News May 26th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3wrh37l ***** GLOBAL FAITH POTPOURRI Ecumenical News International News Highlights 26 April 2011 Methodists express repentance for massacre of Native Americans New York (ENI news) - In a spirit of repentance, the United Methodist Church is making good on a pledge to support a learning center at the Western site of an 1864 massacre of Native Americans led by a Methodist minister. The UMC's General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, based in New York City, announced that it has donated U.S. $50,000 to the National Park Service for developing a center at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, near Eads, Colorado. The donation will be used to fund research materials and other public education initiatives. _____ 28 April 2011 Evangelical icon David Wilkerson dies in car crash Washington, D.C. (ENI news) - Evangelist David Wilkerson, who wrote the popular book "The Cross and the Switchblade," founded New York's Times Square Church and an international ministry to gang members and drug addicts, died in a traffic accident on 27 April, according to media reports. Wilkerson, 79, died after his car slammed into a truck on a highway about 95 miles southeast of Dallas, according to The Associated Press. His wife, Gwen, was also injured but is expected to recover, Religion News Service reports. _____ 29 April 2011 Anglican church plays central role in British royal wedding London (ENI news) - An estimated two billion people around the world tuned in on 29 April to watch the wedding of Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey, a ceremony infused with British pageantry and steeped in elements of Anglicanism -- past, present and future. The streets of London bulged with thousands of well-wishers, some who'd camped for days to ensure a glimpse of the happy couple, named just before the wedding as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Episcopal News Service reports. _____ 2 May 2011 After beatification, focus turns to John Paul II's legacy Vatican City (ENI news) - The first Mass to refer to the late Pope John Paul II as "the blessed" was celebrated on 2 May at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, ending a three-day celebration that focused on his life and legacy. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State, celebrated the relatively low-key Mass a day after John Paul was beatified in a Mass in St. Peter's Square before a massive crowd. The weekend celebration also included a candlelight vigil on 30 April and the placement of John Paul's casket in repose in the St. Sebastian chapel in St. Peter's. _____ Vatican removes Australian bishop who said he was open to ordaining women Rome (ENI news) - The Vatican on 2 May announced that it relieved Australian bishop William Morris of his post, five years after he published a letter interpreted to indicate that he would be open to ordaining women and married men as priests if it were not prohibited by church rules. In an open letter released in his Toowoomba diocese, which is west of Brisbane, Morris said his 2006 letter had been "misread, and, I believe, deliberately misinterpreted." Morris said he was encouraged to resign but that he declined to do so on the grounds that doing so would "mean that I accept the assessment of myself as breaking communion [with the Holy See], which I absolutely refute and reject." He added that he was being forced into early retirement. _____ Cautious, somber reactions to Bin Laden's death from religious leaders New York (ENI news) - Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders greeted the news of the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden with varying degrees of relief, regret and caution. Considered the mastermind of the 11 September 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. that killed nearly 3,000 people, bin Laden was killed by United States forces in Pakistan, U.S. President Barack Obama announced on 1 May. ***** 5 May 2011 British bishops will minister to traditionalists London (ENInews)--The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, appointed two new bishops who will replace predecessors who left the Church of England in January to become priests in the Roman Catholic Church. The so-called "flying bishops" will also minister to traditionalists who are opposed to female clergy. As "provincial episcopal visitors" to dioceses throughout southern England, bishops Jonathan Baker and Norman Banks will, according to a statement issued by the Church of England, "act as spokesmen and advisors to ensure that the integrity of differing beliefs and positions concerning the ordination of women to the priesthood should be mutually recognised and respected." ***** 6 May 2011 Theologian Kung says only radical reforms can save the Catholic church Munich (ENI news) - The Catholic Church is seriously,possibly terminally ill and only an honest diagnosisand radical therapy will cure it, one of the sharpestcritics of Pope Benedict XVI, the Swiss Catholictheologian Hans Kung, has written. Speaking at asold-out event in the Literaturhaus (Literary Centre) in Munich on 2 May, Kung who is a former colleagueof the pope at the University of Tubingen, introducedhis new book, "Ist die Kirche noch zu retten?" ("Can the Church Still Be Saved?"). ***** 11 May 2011 Queen's visit to Ireland may 'heal divisions' Canterbury, England (ENI news) - Religious leadersare hailing Queen Elizabeth II's historic statevisit to Ireland next week as a sign of reconciliationfollowing centuries of sectarian hatred and violence. Arriving in Dublin on 17 May for a four-day visit,the queen will be the first British monarch to setfoot in the republic since its founding in 1923and the first to travel to Dublin since King GeorgeV in 1911. She is scheduled to visit Dublin's Gardenof Remembrance, which honors those who died fightingto free Ireland from British rule. She also will visitCroke Park Stadium, where British troops killed 14people in 1920, and attend a state dinner in Dublin Castle, long a symbol of British power in Ireland.The visit "will sustain a momentum of reconciliation,"Archbishop Alan Harper, primate of the (Anglican)Church of Ireland, told ENI news. _____ 20 May 2011 Chinese Christians find support in Africa Nairobi, Kenya (ENI news) - Anglican clergy in East Africa have expressed hope for an improved relationship between church and state in China, after a delegation from China's Ministry of State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA) visited Kenya and Uganda. "They wanted to see how they can build a relationship and trust with their churches. China is coming from a Communist background and there has been some mistrust of Christianity... They wanted to understand who isa Christian … Can he be trusted?" the Rev. Canon George Bagamuhunda, the Provincial Secretary of the (Anglican) Church of Uganda told ENInews on 20 May from Kampala as the Chinese delegation of ten officials left the country. _____ Queen Elizabeth II ends historic visit to Ireland London (ENI news) - Queen Elizabeth II of Britain left Ireland on 20 May after a four-day visit that acknowledged the two countries' troubled past, often marked by Catholic-Protestant conflict, but featured gestures of reconciliation that looked toward a brighter future. Her visit to Dublin's Garden of Remembrance to pay homage to those who died fighting to free Ireland from British rule, her greeting in Irish at the beginning of a speech at a state dinner at Dublin Castle and her unexpected walkout at a market to greet the people of Cork at her final stop -- all contributed to a general feeling that the visit was a remarkable success. _____ 31 May 2011 Canadian editor elected president of Ecumenical News International Geneva (ENI news) - The Rev. David Harris, publisher and editor of Canada's Presbyterian Record magazine, was elected on 30 May president of Ecumenical News International, a Geneva-based news service that covers international religious news. Harris was elected at a meeting of ENI's general assembly in Geneva. "ENI has both tremendous challenges and tremendous opportunities," Harris said. "We face funding challenges because the donor organizations are facing funding challenges. On the positive side, however, those organizations told us they believe in ENI news. Necessity being the mother of invention, these challenges are forcing us to rethink how ENI operates from the ground up, and that is an exciting and creative process." _____ 3 June 2011 German Bishop Suggests Praying With Taliban Is Better Than Bombing Dresden, Germany (ENI)--The former leader of Germany's Protestant community, Rev. Margot Kaessmann, says she believes that a suggestion to pray with the Taliban by candlelight is "a much better idea than bombing water tank lorries in Kunduz, " she told a Bible study session at the Kirchentag, the lay church festival now underway in Dresden. "We know that in the end peace can only grow and be achieved by slow, often painful and risky reconciliation processes in which the victims are heard and the perpetrators admit their guilt," she told about 5,000 participants in the event. Kaessmann, the first woman to lead the Evangelical Church in Germany, said that perhaps she is naïve, but added that Jesus also was naïve. _____ Canadian Parents Sue Over Religion in Daycare Centers Toronto (ENI)--A group of Catholic and Jewish parents in Canada is taking the province of Quebec to court to challenge a government ban on religious teachings at subsidized daycare centers. The parents say a Quebec policy that prohibits religious instruction in government subsidized daycare centers contravenes the federal and provincial charters of rights, according to a lawsuit filed early this week ***** 3 June 2011 Pedophilia a serious problem in Asia, say Catholic bishops Tokyo (ENI news) - The clergy office of the Federation of Roman Catholic Asian Bishops' Conferences has announced that it will hold a seminar on "The Impact of Pedophilia-Crisis on the Church in Asia." "[I]t is an urgent task before us, especially the leaders of the Church, to come together to devise some mechanisms to prevent future occurrences of child abuse by Church men/women," said the office that is organising the seminar for Asian bishops and clergy from 14 to 19 November 2011 at Assumption University in Bangkok. _____ Muslims contribute to German society, church gathering told Dresden, Germany (ENI news) - Islam is part of a modern, changing Germany and necessary to develop a vibrant society, President Christian Wulff said in a panel discussion on 2 June at the ecumenical gathering called the Kirchentag. Christians should also be more tolerant towards other religions, Wulff said. "If one is not open to other religions, one cannot expect Muslim societies to be receptive to freedom of religion." He then went on to appeal to Turkey to do more for religious freedom. ***** QUOTES OF THE MONTH Provided courtesy of Sojourners.online: April 27th, 2011 "The church can only be a counter-community. If it is anything other than that, it has already compromised itself." - Jacques Ellul --- May 2nd, 2011 "If you hate injustice, tyranny, lust and greed, hate these things in yourself." - Mahatma Gandhi --- May 9th, 2011 "Our task is to help people concentrate on the real but often hidden event of God's active presence in their lives. Hence, the question is ... not how to keep people busy, but how to keep them from being so busy that they can no longer hear the voice of God who speaks in silence." - Morton Kelsey, from "The Other Side of Silence" --- May 10th, 2011 "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." - Mother Teresa --- May 16th, 2011 "The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake." - Meister Eckhart --- June 1st, 2011 "The more altruism we develop in a day, the more peaceful we find ourselves. Similarly, the more self-centered we remain, the more frustrations and trouble we encounter." - Dalai Lama, from "Path of Bliss" --- June 2nd, 2011 "If you judge people, you have no time to love them." - Mother Theresa --- June 3rd "On a summer morning / I sat down/ on a hillside/ to think about God / a worthy pastime. / Near me, I saw / a single cricket; / it was moving the grains of the hillside / this way and that way./ How great was its energy, / how humble its effort./ Let us hope / it will always be like this, / each of us going on / in our inexplicable ways / building the universe." - Mary Oliver, "Song of the Builders" ***** ON THIS DAY May 8, 1973, militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered. http://tinyurl.com/3lmclq5 ***** On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca. http://tinyurl.com/4yf87te ***** On June 1, 1968, author-lecturer Helen Keller, who earned a college degree despite being blind and deaf most of her life, died in Westport, Conn. http://tinyurl.com/4ynvq5k ***** On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI. http://tinyurl.com/3oewcpx ***** CLOSING THOUGHT "Love brings it about that lovers are directed not only toward themselves but also toward others." - Thomas Aquinas "Real love leads beyond the lovers to others. Love expands. Love is inclusive. It enlarges the soul." - Matthew Fox (end)