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Old 23rd November 2013, 09:45 PM
frank36 frank36 is offline
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Thanks, Ron and all for your welcome. Some more thoughts about returning to the faith, and how ...

During most of my long absence (from 1964 to 1999) I was pretty much without any spirituality, though I couldn't completely forget the Mass and even sometimes longed for it. In '84 I started looking into the meditation practices of Zen, and eventually got very active in that and the study of Buddhism generally. In the early '90s I began reading the works of Rumi and other Sufi masters, and this was my first contact with any kind of theism since the Catholic break-up. So altogether I was at work on an interior life for the first time in many years. The big wall I'd built against this very thing was starting to fall away, thanks to the wisdom of a couple of "foreign" religions. In fact, it was a Buddhist master (in Sri Lanka) who set me on the journey back to the Church by insisting I turn and face what I was running from.

For all these things I'm grateful. Grateful too whenever I read the Nostra Aetate Declaration of Pope Paul VI on our deep human relatedness where it counts.


~ Frank

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