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I know the source of that "source
unknown" verse on the back of the
Winter "Caravans" piece: "O
Christ, what shall we offer you coming
on earth," etc. That's a troprarion
from the vespers service of Christmas in
the Orthodox Church. There are
I checked out your web site and am ready
to sign up for all of it. Take care of
yourselves. You’re doing important
I read your newsletter with great interest.
On your web site I look forward to the
more hopeful content of “international
news” which Fr. Dave is inaugurating.
of Meeting.”] Both of you have
answered the call to prayer and contemplation
leading to greater dialogue and understanding
among all of us, different peoples of God’s
Earth who all yearn for the same: respect,
basic shelter, food, clothing; love, health,
work, just wages, safe environment, freedom
from fear and oppression, ultimately peace
in one’s heart and in our world.
I’m always looking for book titles
and am so glad your newsletters include
reviews. I’ve been wanting Carlo
Carretto’s “Letters from the
Desert” for quite a while.
“Caravans” was really one
of the most interesting things I have read
and I am going to send to my library in
New York for Wilfred Thesiger’s “Arabian
Sands.” I found I can get very stuck
in my Christianity sometimes. Rumi is one
of my favorite poets; he does wake me up,
especially in the poem you quoted.
I am heartened by your new projects and
putting them all together, and at Crestone,
your base, your desert, and your destiny.
I hope and pray for your continuing teaching,
sharing, ministry, creativity, and your
life in Christ in the deserts of the world,
all under your seasoned spiritual direction.
Congratulations on your Great Leap of
Faith. It is inspiring and magnificant.
I know the newborn baby Jesus is blazing
immensely in the manger of your hearts.
Meister Eckhart, the 14th-century Christian
mystic, wrote: “God is always needing
to be born.” If He is, maybe Magi
always need to find Him. Based on what
we know about the Magi, they seem to have
strong conviction: they are willing to
go far from home; they find wise people
to go with them; they follow bright stars;
they recognize new life when they see it;
they feel awe; they give gifts; they receive
blessings; and they act on dreams. As good
a plan for any journey in the new year
as it was long ago!
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