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    On Sep 2, 2011 Conrad wrote:

    Thanks much for the opportunity to respond. My first impression after reading: "what does holding others in the space of reverence bring up for you," is admiration for the person I revere. Admiration often leads me to want to follow the modeling of the person I revere. My second impression is that one could not only share that moment or moments of reverence with the person one meets, but one could also  provide food if the person were hungry. My third impression is to model those who are an instrument of peace. As Francis of Assisi said ,so where there is hatred, I may bring  love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. I believe it is best if I not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. With Francis  I agree that it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is and are dying that we are born (grow). Connecting with reverence is important, but for a hungry person, giving them food may be more important. Perhaps I don't understand the passage above as the writer does.   At times, thinking and feeling without action, when action seems to be needed, may be as bad as some action without thought or feeling. If I were hungry I would rather have food than reverence. Warm and kind regards to everyone.


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