27 September 2014

Dumb Ways to Die

A playful and hilarious reminder to be safe. Guaranteed...you will not forget! Enjoy...

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18 September 2014

Thursday Thought:: Brennan Manning on The Open-Mindedness of Children

Here are some challenging words by Brennan Manning from his book The Ragamuffin Gospel.

“If we maintain the open-mindedness of children, we challenge fixed ideas and established structures, including our own. We listen to people in other denominations and religions. We don’t find demons in those with whom we disagree. We don’t cozy up to people who mouth our jargon. If we are open, we rarely resort to either-or: either creation or evolution, liberty or law, sacred or secular, Beethoven or Madonna. We focus on both-and, fully aware that God’s truth cannot be imprisoned in a small definition. Of course, the open mind does not accept everything indiscriminately—Marxism and capitalism, Christianity and atheism, love and lust, Mo√ęt Chandon and vinegar. It does not absorb all propositions equally like a sponge; nor is it as soft. But the open mind realizes that reality, truth, and Jesus Christ are incredibly open-ended.”

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17 September 2014

You Pick the Winner!

Okay, folks: the time has come!

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Three weeks ago, we posted a contest on playfull.org in which one lucky person would win ONE DOLLAR!!! :-)

The contest involved thinking up a creative, new name for a common, everyday object.

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Funny Dogs

Hump Day is humor day at PlayFull. Don't take life so seriously! Take a lesson from these dogs...


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12 September 2014

"I Wish You Happiness"

“Try saying this silently to everyone and everything you see for thirty days: ‘I wish you happiness now and whatever will bring happiness to you in the future.’ If we said it to the sky, we would have to stop polluting; if we said it when we see ponds and lakes and streams, we would have to stop using them as garbage dumps and sewers; if we said it to small children, we would have to stop abusing them…if we said it to people, we would have to stop stoking the fires of enmity around us. Beauty and human warmth would take root in us like a clear, hot June day. We would change.”

-Joan Chittister, In a High Spiritual Season

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04 September 2014

Thursday Thought:: Richard Rohr on The Trinity

Author Richard Rohr writes:

“The fourth-century Cappadocian Fathers tried to communicate this notion of life as mutual participation by calling the Trinitarian flow a 'circle dance' (perichoresis) between the three. They were saying that whatever is going on in God is a flow that’s like a dance; and God is not just the dancer, God is the dance itself! The Incarnation is a movement—Jesus comes forth from the Father and the Holy Spirit to take us back with him into this eternal embrace, from which we first came (John 14:3). We are invited to join in the dance and have participatory knowledge of God through the Trinity.

“Trinity is the very nature of God, and this God is a circle dance, a centrifugal force flowing outward, and then drawing all things into the dance centripetally. If this God names himself/herself in creation and in reality then there must be a 'family resemblance' between everything else and the nature of the heart of God.

“Scientists are discovering this reality as they look through microscopes and telescopes. They are finding that the energy is in the space between the particles of the atom and between the planets and the stars. They are discovering that reality is absolutely relational at all levels. When you really understand Trinity, however slightly, it’s like you live in a different universe. And a very good and inviting one!”

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*Note: the text above appeared in Richard Rohr’s daily email meditation on August 20, 2014. The meditation was entitled “The Trinity as a Circle Dance” and it was adapted by him from several audio teaching sources he provides.