Tag: Law

On falling asleep and putting to sleep.

My neighbor just put his dog to sleep. I’ve met the dog – a vivacious, playful lab, unquestionably happy and full of spirit. I went on a walk once with this neighbor and his two dogs. What the man did, he did obviously out of care and compassion, and now he mourns. This is common. …

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On the Name of God. Part I.

You say I took the name in vain. I don’t even know the Name. But if I did, well, really, what’s it to you? There’s a blaze of light in every word. It doesn’t matter which you heard – The holy or the broken Hallelujah. (from Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah”)  “Hallelujah” is one of Cohen’s most …

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On the “except” in my heart.

This will not be a very long post. I live just outside of Boston. This has been an awful week. But then, we’ve had awful weeks. We keep having them, awful news reaching us again and again from places far and near — nearer and nearer it seems every time. Sandy Hook. Pakistan. Virginia. India. …

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On being friends with God.

John 15:12-17 is a well-known gospel. “It is my commandment,” Jesus says in it to his disciples, “that you love one another as I have loved you.” And he says, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” And he says, “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does …

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