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Published 7-30-10


Howard Macy, Tony Snow, Barney Hamady,
Rabindranath Tagore, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Ray Kroc


Dear Readers,

I don't feel the need to try bungee-cord jumping. Don't know how to surf.
Don't care. Always wanted to go skydiving, but have never actually made
the appointment...Do you long for the rush of risky living? Try spirituality.
Our universe is hardly Teletubby cozy: there are accidents and pain and lots
of suffering. What we live with inside - our human appetites, our fears and
angers can be even wilder. Living a holy life (as best we can) takes the guts
of a pioneer. The spiritual life consists of living on the edge of the human
frontier. It's part and parcel of the free will God has given us. It takes for-
titude to walk the unpaved road, but in the risk lies our growth and healing.

- Lisa

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We don't like risk, and even though the frontiers
of growth require it, we prefer to avoid it. Not
only would we like to have the frontiers of the
spirit scouted out for us, we would also like to
have the frontier fully tamed an settled ... No
pioneering for us--no danger from the dark wild,
no felling trees or clearing boulders so that we
can plant a subsistence garden, no climbing
mountain passes or fording swollen streams.
We prefer comfortable safety to risk. However,
the spiritual world...cannot be made suburban.
It is always frontier, and if we would live in it,
we must accept and even rejoice that it
remains untamed.

Excerpted from "Rhythms of the Inner Life,"
by Howard Macy
Chariot Publishing, 1999


We want lives of simple, predictable ease -
smooth, even trails as far as the eye can
see - but God likes to go off-road.

Tony Snow (1955-2008)
Columnist, news anchor, White House Press Secretary,
on what he learned battling recurring cancer

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...Heaven is an exceedingly safe and risk-free environment.
Not so the earth. It is risky and dangerous. Apparently, God
valued and preferred a universe with tensions, choices and
differences to a world reduced down to a one-dimensional
plane with only automatic and singularly predictable respon-
ses and outcomes. God created a universe where both heaven
and earth, though vastly different, are yet mingled together.
...God lavished his affirmation on both heaven and earth, and
even though tensions and differences existed between them,
he declared that both realms have equally valid roles to play
in the unfolding drama of life, history and redemption.

Excerpted from "Making Life Work
When Life is Working You
or someone you love,"
by Barney Hamady
Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2009


That I exist
is a perpetual surprise
which is life.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali polymath; winner of Nobel Prize in Literature


To live is to be slowly born.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)
French aviator and author

The Last Word:

Are you green and growing,
or ripe and rotten?

Ray Kroc (1902 -1984)
Founder of McDonald's fast food restaurants






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Growth is the only evidence of life.

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
Roman Catholic theologian


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