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"Our real journey in life is interior: it is a matter of growth, deepening, and of an ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts. Never was it more necessary to respond to that action. I pray that we may all do so" (Thomas Merton).

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Tomorrow I start full time as the pastor of Rothesay Vineyard, yet again, and I m feeling very, very nervous. Why? Here s a few theories, one or all of which may be true: 1. It s the first time in four years I ve been responsible for a church? 2. the last time I was responsible for a church, I was excused from the ministry for insubordination (and I'm a little skiddish as a result)? 3. for the last four years, I ve been free as a bird and unaccountable to anyone? 4. now I have a real job...

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"A kind of northing is what I wish to accomplish, a single-minded trek toward that place where any shutter left open to the zenith at night will record the wheeling of all the sky's stars as a pattern of perfect, concentric circles. I seek a reduction, a shedding, a sloughing off" (Annie Dillard).

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