This interchange, this interesting interconnection,
this inter-being is the vital awareness and realization of the
integrity/wholeness of our selves and the world. Not two, Not
one - But whole and full of light. This is who you are. This is
what you are. This is where you are. Perhaps our job is simple,
perhaps our task is easy: Be who you are; Do what you are doing;
Enter fully where you are every moment you live.
May Christ mind/heart be your safety and direction!
May Buddha mind/heart be your guide and refuge! May What-Is-Sacred-Spirit-Itself
(the One we call God), and True-Nature (Dharma) - be your core
and root reality!
May you find yourself in a community of support
- whether church or sangha - to practice! May your hermitage be
solitary, and, shared well! This is what August brings us to;
this is all we have.
If the Mystery of Christ is Here, the mystical
rose has flowered a blossom embodying love itself! If the Realization
of Buddha is Now, the hand holding the flower & the eye seeing
it is joy itself smiling!
Our prayer is that you arrive at who, and what,
and where you are. Our delight is that you come to rest with that
profound, joyous, and loving spirit. The rest is silence!
Hermitage Update, 17August 2000
On 15 Aug 2000, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven,
our dear friend and elder Janet Rhodes at age 80 died on her beloved
Beach Island located in Penobscot Bay. After finishing breakfast
with her son Jim and wishing to sit on her bench swing on the
porch of her small cabin, she said she didn't feel well and took
ill. Friends and relatives on the island at the time were called.
They assisted her to her bed and began the process of getting
to the mainland. But Janet was not to leave the sanctuary of her
island until one last event occurred. In her cabin, surrounded
by dear ones holding her in embrace Janet weakened and went within.
Then her eyes closed and her heart stopped. Janet was home.
A Mass of Resurrection was held for her on Monday 21 Aug 2000,
1PM at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, Union Street, Camden, Maine.
Proclaimed boldly by the homilist as the Quaker-Catholic "Saint
Janet of Camden" and acclaimed in the tradition of Sts Lawrence
(Aug 10), Francis of Assisi, and Dorothy Day, Janet was then feted
by her son Paul with a quiet Quakerly account full of wit and
loving detail of her life as mother and wife, haircutter and gravy
maker, island keeper and singer-without-ceasing.
The small wood Buddha and bronzed wood 2ft high statue of St.
Francis of Assisi given us by Janet now sit and stand in silent
vigil in her loving memory in Meetingbrook's chapel/meditation
room. Her perennial singing, of course, is heard everywhere. This
along with the clear image of her smile is a joy given us, and
-- humbly, gratefully -- received.