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There were two contributors last time and I rather think we would all benefit from hearing what we have to say to each other on the subject of miracles. – Br Andrew Efo



Thank you so much to those of you who posted to “Your Turn!”

I like this idea,  so if you would like to write a brief post, read by more than a million people (sorry, blog humor, I couldn’t resist, so let’s try again). Although, I am trying to get to one million. Anything is possible with God!

If you would like to write a brief post read by our community, please comment on the subject of “miracles”. I believe this is timely based on the 100 year anniversary of Fatima where thousands have gathered recently.[ your turn ]

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Speaking My Truth


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John Churchman John Chuchman, a graduate of John Carroll University has been a Hospice volunteer since 1990. He has received Pastoral Bereavement Counselor certification and a Certificate in Spirituality. In 2000, he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In July, 2010, John was ordained by the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit. John shares his story, his experiences, his wisdom-discoveries in a series of workshops, seminars, and weekend retreats, more and more centered on Spiritual Growth. John has spoken at a number of state, national, and international conferences and has written a number of books (21) on his life experiences, grief, caregiving, and spirituality. ( He has been published in Spirituality magazine and his article Forgiveness: A Key to Grief Healing has been published in Healing Ministry magazine. His books can be ordered directly from John or His website, Sacred Quest, is Some of John’s writings can be viewed on His books are available on KINDLE. View my complete profile

Reform Reformed

I had participated
in efforts to help reform
Institutional Church,
specifically, the Roman Catholic Church,
when it dawned on me
that the people participating in such efforts
had widely different views of
Many well-intentioned people
simply wanted to revise the rules and regulations,
rites and rituals,
to make the institution
more inclusive,
less discriminatory,
more accepting,
less condemning,
more feminine,
less patriarchal,
more loving
 less legalistic,
and more forward thinking,
less mired in the past.
Along the way,
I realized that
even if the Roman Church
miraculously altered
its rules of governance,
I could not in Truth
make my way back into it.
I realized that to be a follower of Jesus
is not to be a member
of some man-made religion,
which He never espoused,
nor to spend energies
worshipping Him
in prescribed ways,
which He never suggested.
for many reformers
simply meant changing the rules, regulations,
rites, and rituals,
to order to increase membership,
or at least to stem the tide of those leaving.
was killed because
He was a threat
to the hierarchies of his day;
If His followers
behaved as He did,
the religious hierarchy
would not be able to control people.
never  intended to establish
some new religion,
least of all,
a Roman one;
Jesus was a JEW,
not some kind of Roman Catholic,
or even a Christian. [ read more]



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“Reflections on Luke” Released | The Life Project


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Today I added our study of the Gospel of Luke to my “Reflections” series available for free download on my website.  If you would like the entire study all in one document for your pers…

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Just me being curious | A blog of questions and few answers.


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A blog of questions and few answers.

Imagine there was no bible, no koran…[imagine]

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The Value of Doubt


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by Brian Coyne  , LINDEN, NSW, Saturday, April 22, 2017, 09:26 (3 days ago) @ Beehive

Read the Sunday Reflections of Beehive and others HERE.

What was the first decision you made in your life as an adult?

Beehive, thanks for this. I’ve mentioned before that as I reflect back on my life the first truly adult decision I made was in the choice of my Confirmation name. At the time I was away at boarding school and hence away from the influence of my parents when we were asked to choose a Confirmation name. I can remember it as clear as a bell to this day that I chose the name of Thomas, after the “doubting Thomas”. I remember thinking that why I chose this name was because I felt I needed convincing about what I believed. Brian Michael Thomas Coyne: all the other names were chosen for me by someone else. Thomas is the name I chose. I was 11 or 12 years of age at the time, still in short pants, and a boarding student at St Louis Jesuit School in Claremont, Western Australia.

The choosing of that name remains for me some kind of seminal moment in my entire life. I’m still a “doubter”; I still need convincing about anything. I find myself at the age of 68 going on 69 still questioning everything.

I’d be interested in hearing from others the answer to this question: “Can you remember the first decision you made in your life as an adult — independent of your parents and the other influential people in your formation?” Thinking back there were probably earlier choices I made in my life that were independent decisions but this one of choosing my confirmation name was the decision I most remember as being fully my own decision.

I loved your opening line to the reflection above: “It is fashionable to not believe. Nonbelief is in fact an essential starting point if indeed you are serious about discovering something.”

I believe you! In a sense the great scourge of our present age is certitude — those who elevate the need for certitude and dogma into their lives above the need for food, air, water and even shelter for their sense of identity and being. You find them congregating in the comments’ columns in Rupert’s tabloid press. He’s turned their need into one of the greatest means of making easy money known to humankind. It’s like feeding the monkeys and lions at a zoo — feeding the lizard brain — constant and incessant titillation of the basest human desires and emotions. We’re watching it unfold this weekend in the elections going on in France. The great majority of people have given up expressing their opinions in the polls. Many are expecting the thinking majority, or a sizeable chunk of them, will absent themselves from voting. The election seems to have become a “contest between the extremists”. We saw it in the United States Presidential election — and the world is now living with the consequences. A “high five” for our cherished beliefs in the concept of democracy — and listening to the voices of the common people? Should these events unfolding in the world not be a caution to us that the “common people” are as likely to lead us all back to the jungle, the cave and the swill trough, as much as to the joy-filling sunrises and hope for a more civilised and intelligent future? Perhaps the “high five” should be reserved for the “doubters” — those who are not persuaded by the Trumps, Le Pens, and other “high priests”, including clerical ones, who believe they alone have “all the answers”?

Wishing you a great day wherever you happen to be … in life and in our world.

Brian Coyne



34 Martin Place, LINDEN NSW 2778, Australia

tel: +612 4753 1226


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Life in a Day – Daily Dose of Wisdom


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A day enters, opens its doors, tells its story, and then returns above, never to visit again.

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Glory! | The Life Project


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John 21:1-14

The disciples got out of the city and went back to Galilee, probably a smart move. One evening at the Sea of Galilee, Peter suddenly announced that he was going fishing, and all seven of them got into a boat and went out on the lake; John doesn’t say anything about the other four, and course Judas was dead. After an all night fishing trip, they caught exactly nothing.

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Power Of Christ’s Resurrection To You! | Pure Glory-Apostle Gabriel Cross


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by Apostle Gabriel Cross

I release power, of Christ’s RESURRECTION, [ ]

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Fragment of the Month: March 2017 | Cambridge University Library


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Writing Lines: T-S D1.108 and the Song of Moses

by Kim Phillips


When a medieval Jewish scribe sat down to write the Torah, he[1] had a lot on his mind. Of primary importance, of course, was the accurate copying of each and every letter: even words for which multiple different spellings were possible (a vast number!) had to be copied so that the precise spelling for that word, in that location, was diligently preserved. In addition, he had to accurately insert paragraph breaks at the traditional points. These paragraph breaks were of two types: the Closed break (Setuma) and the Open break (Petuḥa), and the correct type of break had also to be preserved in each location. Failure to preserve these paragraph breaks correctly could render the entire scroll unsuitable for public use. He may have heard the words of Masseḵet Sofrim (a kind of talmudic ‘how to’ guide for writing Torah scrolls) echoing in his mind: פתוחה שעשאה סתומה וסתומה שעשאה פתוחה הרי זו תיגנז “An open paragraph that has been written as a closed, or a closed paragraph that has been written as an open – that Torah scroll must be stored away”.[2]

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Source: Fragment of the Month: March 2017 | Cambridge University Library

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