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“Converting a painful inheritance into something good requires all the discernment we can muster, both from within us and what we can glean from mentors.   The worst of all curses that people inflict upon us, the real abuse and terror, can’t be forgotten or undone but they can be put to good use in the new life which one But the past is not denied. And we still are here with all our talents, gifts, abilities, failings and our weaknesses. Our baggage comes along, nothing wasted and nothing lost. Perhaps the greatest blessing that religious heritage can bestow is an open mind, one that can listen without judging. It is rare enough that we recognize it in another when we encounter it. It is often sees in people who have attained what the monastic traditions terms “detachment”, an ability to live at peace with the reality of whatever happens.  Such people do not have a closed off air, nor a boastful demeanor in them. It is clear that their wounds have opened the way of compassion for others and compassion is strength and soul of religion.” has taken up. It is a kind of death: the lid closes on what went on before. 

Kathleen Norris: Amazing Grace


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