Week 12: Renewal

Redeeming

Redemption is a difficult idea for many people to grasp and accept. The idea is that no matter what we have done in the past, we can live productively in the future. This may not sit well with someone whose life has been turned upside-down by violent or thoughtless behavior.
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Arriving – Leaving; Holding On – Letting Go; Stimulating – Letting Alone

Arriving and Leaving: People enter and leave our lives: sometimes by their choice, sometimes by ours, often by circumstance. The arrival and departure of people who are significant to us is an important kind of beginning and ending. Holding On and Letting Go: There are times for holding on. The child
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Beginning – Ending; Growing – Declining

There is a curious paradox which no one can explain. Who understands the secrets of the reaping of the grain? Who understands why spring is born out of winter’s laboring pain, Or why we all must die a bit before we grow again? [from “The Fantasticks,” lyrics by Tom Jones] Every
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Investigation – Experimentation

Having embarked on the quest to know, we actively investigate by experimentation and other means. We are now fully engaged in the world as it is, employing secondary processes such and reason and logic to satisfy the longing to know. As we do the tangible, day-to-day laboratory work of investigation, keep
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Inquisitiveness: Seeking Knowledge – The Religious Quest

Blest are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill. [The Bible, Matthew 5:6.] Wondering is the first step toward inquisitiveness; it is the beginning of the religious quest before it springs into action. Curiosity is a middle stage, moving toward the pursuit of knowledge. Inquisitiveness,
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Curiosity

Curiosity: the act of leaning forward, motivated by wonder.
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Renewal

The vernal equinox reminds us of life’s continual cycle of change: renewal and death. It reminds us that we are renewed at various times in our lives too. We do well to be mindful of it and to use it to its best cathartic effect.
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