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October 4th, 2008


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08:36 pm - A quick note from an ADF Clergy Retreat
It is when you feel least like praying that you need most to pray.

It is when you feel as if you have been gone so long from the sacrificial fire that you fear it can never be kindled again that you must strike a match and pour offerings.

It is when you have been gone so long from your fellow Druids that you fear they won't remember your name that you need most to walk up to them and open your arms.

It is when you feel you have failed your gods so deeply that they can never forgive you that it is most important to open your heart and let your voice sing strongly.

I have been shown this many times this week.
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From:dubhlainn
Date:October 5th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
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Beautiful, thanks for sharing.
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 6th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Np. The first quote isn't mine: it's from an unnamed Episcopal priest who commented on a study about clergy and prayer. The study went on to mention that it's ironic that though priests generally feel prayer is the single most important thing that they do, it's usually the first thing to be cast aside.
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From:duriyah
Date:October 5th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)

Yes - beautiful

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Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn't matter,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times,
Come, friend, come.

~Rumi
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From:dubhlainn
Date:October 5th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)

Re: Yes - beautiful

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There is a chant/hymn made from that poem, i have found it really powerful. Especialy with the canticle: though you have broken your vow a hundred times.
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From:duriyah
Date:October 5th, 2008 10:42 am (UTC)

Re: Yes - beautiful

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When I used to go to the Dances of Universal Peace, a dance/chant set to this poem was always one of my favorites. The words are very powerful.
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From:alvita_felis
Date:October 5th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
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I hope you have a good time there and whatever trouble at work you have I hope it gets better!
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 6th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Things are. . . slower than I'd like on some fronts. We're looking at mid-November before some things become resolved, I think.
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From:alvita_felis
Date:October 6th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that happens to me all the time. E.g. I´ve had my laptop in service for 3 months to be finally told that it´s unrepairable (I only had it since winter) so I borrowed money from my parents to buy a new one. I have just started the academical year and truth is I will have a lot of work there and in my business also, if I want to succeed. Not to mention I need to pay that money back.

I had some substantial debates with people whose advice I do value very much and it seems that my initial ambition to become a Grove leader was a wrong one. I don´t have vocation for that sort of thing. I am a scholar, I want to write, translate, perhaps teach. Recently I´ve been initiated into the interfaith thing which interests me a lot. It actually gives me pain to socialize, and one has to be visible when at leadership position. Socializing sucks from me the concentration I need to work. And man do I love to work.

So what I am going to do now is to concentrate on my studies and writing, including the DP and the ADF Czech website, but I´ll be eyeing a prospective candidate to lead the congregation, if there is potential to found one (which we´ll see within a year - the umbrella organization is just being launched, I designed the website BTW: http://www.davnyobycej.cz).

I still have to deal with that complaint and I´ve been receiving a lot of letter from my website´s readers, so that´s the maximum I can do for local Pagan community. There are always people looking for mentors and such, but I´ve started turning them off with more vigour recently, because that would really be the pathway to hell for me. I have no desire to end up poor and burned out. Oh, I can see I badly need to speak to somebody about this or at least write :-)
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 6th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
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I have a feeling that the reminder is always timely, no matter who they are or what time it really is.
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From:singingwren
Date:October 6th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Your thoughts and mine are overlapping. Creepy.

I like your cute icon, btw. Fire, water, and Pi...
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 6th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Everyone likes Pi. It's like Cake sings:

There are pi's on the carousel, have a slice

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