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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Reinhold Niebuhr's prayer.

"God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other."

Sound mighty familiar? William Lee Miller writes about the famous "serenity prayer" and its author, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. ("Beyond serenity," Boston Globe 12.14.03)

Howard Thurman's story.

I found a fascinating biography of the African American liberal minister, mystic, and pacifist Howard Thurman today. I haven't finished reading it, but thought you might be interested, too.

Lauryn Hill, prophet?

At a Vatican City concert attended by cardinals and other church officials, singer Lauryn Hill was either bold enough or unhinged enough to say what a lot of us have been thinking:

"God has been a witness to the corruption of his [?] leadership, of the exploitation and abuses . . . by the clergy," she said.

Discourteous? Yup. True? You bet.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 16 December 2003 at 8:36 PM

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1 comments:

Melanie:

December 17, 2003 11:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

Chris,

Posted above my computer is the prayer of Fr. Mychal Judge, which is not so different from that of Niebuhr's:

Lord, take me where you want me to go;
Let me meet who you want me to meet;
Tell me what you want me to say; and
Keep me out of your way.

World Prayer Collective has a host of others.



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