Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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A disciple asks the rabbi, “Why does the Torah tell us to ‘place these words upon your hearts?’ Why does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts? The rabbi answers, “It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place them on top of our hearts. And there they stay until, one day, the heart breaks and the words fall in.”

(Parker Palmer, “The Broken-Open Heart,” Weavings XXIV:2, p. 11)

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