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Write your own Love Scroll

Write your own Love Scroll

About the rotating panel of very personal experiences to your lower right

BY SOUL’S CODE — Have you heard a question that goes like this from competitive friends, motivational speakers or, say — the foremost practitioners of American reality TV, Oprah and Donald Trump?

“Where do you want to be five years from now?

Which reminds us of a joke . . . How do you make the Gods laugh?

Answer: tell them your plans.

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A New Year’s mantra

A New Year’s mantra

A meditation to de-stress for the post-2012 era

— January in northern California is usually a time of rain, cold, and a psychic hangover from the double-barreled Christmas and New Year holidays, which can tend to be anything but Holy days. After getting swept up in the maelstrom, let’s step back a bit a get some perspective. Thanksgiving is a good place to begin as both a word and place in time.

Being grateful for what we have, for what we experience — even for who we are — has a major effect on our daily life.

Gratitude comes from an awareness that this is not all just an accident. This morning, as I left for work, at about 5:30am . . .

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An antique prayer for anxious times

An antique prayer for anxious times

Laid-off, foreclosed, going broke, ill, stressed, lonely or sad? The Novena to St. Jude is tailor-made for times of troubles

BY SOUL’S CODE — Call it a Catholic meditation. Call it a koan of loving kindness. In the 19th century, the Novena to “the forgotten saint” Jude was known as a prayer for desperate cases, or when a miracle is needed. It now seems perfectly scripted for this century.

With almost one fifth of the U. S. workforce unemployed or under-employed — and five million Americans losing their jobless benefits between Thanksgiving, 2010 and March, 2011 — is it any wonder that a new study estimates that one-fifth of the population of the last ‘superpower’ suffered from a mental illness last year?

So if you’re feeling in any way left out at the turn of this new year and new decade, we reproduce the Novena to St. Jude below as a spiritual prescription.

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Spiritual Surf: Kennedys, the new anti-atheists, spiritual brain power, and Tweeting God

As The Vatican, the American Public and Republican Christians remain divided on Ted Kennedy’s “State of Grace” and “very Catholic Funeral”, US scholars debate new ways to communicate with, or ex-communicate, God. Soul’s Code highlights the great divide!

Where Americans disagree: “Kennedy funeral rings with hope, Twitter with vitriol”

Edward Moore Kennedy wrote to the Pope: “I’ve never failed to believe”

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Spiritual Surf: Muslim prayers for swine flu victims, Soul’s Code celebrates its virtual birth, Hugh Hefner turns Jesus-freaky, and Deepak says ignore the meltdown melodrama

Swine flu: Pray this way

The Council on Islamic-American Relations — CAIR, for short and the most prominent Islamic civil-rights group in the U.S. — has issued a call for prayer against the swine flu. Muslims have been beseeched to petition the divine during Friday prayers. (Side dish: both the Koran and Old Testament are kosher; several citations in each impeach the consumption of pork).

Soul’s Code invites all people who walk the way of faith and compassion to join us in our sincere and deep prayers to protect all beings from swine flu, suffering and separation. Your Comments here will be posted on our Prayer Wall.

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Spiritual Surf: Commandments beat Aphorisms, Obama—Antichrist or Hitler? Why Islam, and more

Supreme Court: Ten Commandments trump Seven Aphorisms

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court determined that Summum, a religious group that blends Egyptian practices like mummification with Gnosticism, could not place a monument in a Utah public park inscribed with its Seven Aphorisms, even though a tablet inscribed with the Ten Commandments already stands in the park. In his opinion for the court, Justice Samuel Alito noted that such monuments are erected “for the purpose of presenting the image of the city that it wishes to project to all who frequent the park.”  Maybe next time the court should just decide with a game of “rock, paper, scissors.”

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Even if their prayers *did* lower the price of gas . . . God help us!

It’s common to pray for people’s health, and we’ve even heard of believers petitioning God for everything from rain to the winning touchdown. So when Soul’s Code heard about the group, Pray at the Pump, we weren’t entirely surprised. Freaked out by the super-spike in oil prices, they have staged vigils at gas stations in St. Louis for road relief:

Participants say they plan to buy gas, pray and then sing “We Shall Overcome” with a new verse: “We’ll have lower gas prices.”

Lo and behold, the cost of a barrel of oil has, indeed, declined this week — with the unfortunate side-effect that others might take up this line of prayer. Prayer isn’t so much about  . . .

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