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All God’s Children . . .

A friend recently sent me one of Richard Rohr’s meditations and I was hooked. I especially love today’s meditation, which I will share with you. It reminds me of a song I have been teaching my grandson since the day he was born;

Jesus loves the little children,

all the little children of the world,

red and yellow, black and white,

we are precious in his sight,

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr’s Teachings

Fourth Theme: Everything belongs and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be named and exposed truthfully, and they die in exposure to the light (Ecumenism).

Implications of Monotheism

Meditation 18 of 52

The Risen Christ is the eternal icon of the Divine Presence that is beyond any boundaries or limits of space or time, or any attempts to limit God to here or there. We cannot achieve our divine sonship and our divine daughterhood. All we can do is awaken to it and start drawing upon a universal mystery.

 

We live with an inherent dignity by reason of our very creation, a dignity that no human has given to us and no human can take from us. All things created bear the divine “fingerprint,” as St. Bonaventure put it.Our inherent dignity has nothing to do with our race or religion or class. Hindus have it, and Buddhists have it, and so-called “pagans” in Africa have it. They are just as much children of God as we are. Objectively. Theologically. Eternally. Where else do you think they came from? Did some other god create them, except THE GOD? Their divine DNA is identical to ours. We deny our supposed “monotheism” (there is one God) if we believe anything else. Far too many Jews, Christians, and Muslims have been anything but believers in “one God who created all things.”Adapted from The Cosmic Christ (CDMP3)

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June 22, 2013 Posted by | Character, Charity, Faith, Interconnected, Values | Leave a comment

Gulf Power and Customer Energy Use Monitoring

I love this! Yes,  I am a nerd, yes, I get excited about geeky things, but after my first year in Pensacola, paying electrical bills in the $400’s because I like to be cool, I have learned a few tricks about spending less, like turning the a/c up when leaving the house, it really makes a difference.

And now, we monitor our energy use on a DAILY basis. I love it! When you log into your Gulf Power account, you can see your energy usage calculated against the daily temperatures, with a range of your estimated end-of-month bill. No more bad surprises!

I think I inherited a small bit of my father’s engineer mentality; I love being able to manage my energy use 🙂

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Thank you, Gulf Power, for making it possible.

June 22, 2013 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, Customer Service, Environment, Financial Issues, Living Conditions, Statistics, Technical Issue | Leave a comment