Patience. Presence. Prayer. Moab. And India.

    April 29, 2021

    The 21st century, the United States of America, capitalism, our churches and our political parties, and all the rest are passing away. We might recall the Buddhist heart sutra “Gone, gone, entirely gone” when we watch old movies—even celebrities and stars die. We can take this as a morbid lesson, or we can receive it as the truth ahead of time, so we’re not surprised, disappointed, and angry when it happens in our generation. 

    In times like these, our prayer may need to be expressive and embodied, visceral and vocal. How else can we pray with our immense anger and grief? How else can we pray about ecocide, about the death that humanity is unleashing upon Mother Earth and upon ourselves? How else can we break through our inertia and despair, so that we don’t shut down and go numb? – Fr. Richard Rohr

    Walk. And pray. Contemplation.

    Terry Tempest Williams

    Who have we become? “This is a violation against ever woman and life-giver,” says Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk

    A prehistoric petroglyph panel near Moab was defaced with the words ‘White Power’

    The Bureau of Land Mangement is offering a $10,000 reward for relevant information about those who committed the vandalism

    Salk Lake Tribune

    Known as the Birthing Rock, the boulder features petroglyphs on all four of its accessible sides that date from the Archaic period to more modern Ute inscriptions, including dozens of ancestral Puebloan-era images, including a woman giving birth.

    Sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday, however, vandals descended on the roadside rock and scratched it with obscenities, a crude penis and the words “white power” directly over the top of two anthropomorphic figures.

    The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the vandalism.

    https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2021/04/28/prehistoric-petroglyph/801-237-2900/

    Al Jazeera English

    ‘India’s devastating second wave was fuelled by a series of crowded events, including mass rallies addressed by PM Narendra Modi, religious holidays and pilgrimages on the Ganges river — in pictures.’

    India opened too quickly, no masks, large gatherings, few vaccinations…by choice.

    331 (M) people in the U.S. Masks eased outside. Be wise. Distance. Small groups. Oregon is surging and variants are circulating. And please. Read the science. Vaccinate. -dayle

    “They had no idea the virus could spread this fast.”

    Fear and Loss: Inside India’s Coronavirus Crisis

    The Dailey

    New York Times

    Jeffrey Gettleman, The South Asia bureau chief for The New York Times, based in Delhi.

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