Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s


“The Eastern Orthodox wedding ceremony is an ancient rite full of profound symbolism and meaning. The couple is led through the ceremony by their priest and their koumbaros, a best man who remains an important figure in the couple’s life. Most rituals are performed three times to represent the Holy Trinity.” There is much here that we in the West can learn from.
The two become one in a life of mutual love and mutual subjection to each other in Christ. Neither the husband nor the wife places any sort of cord around the other’s neck, the wedding ring symbolizes alliance never bondage. Christ changes the union of one man and one woman into something new. Marriage becomes more than a mere human institution, existing for whatever purpose a society assigns it. It becomes, like the Church Herself, a sign that God’s Kingdom has already begun in our midst. Yes that was/is what Pat and I believe – united as one forever in the image of God. Much more than just a civil contract between two people.

The civil contract is the State’s to change; not so, the union created by Christ. Matthew 19:6: So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined togetherlet no one separate.” “The gospel, from John (2:1-11),  is the familiar account of the Marriage at Cana where Christ turns the water into wine. A person must drink water simply to survive. Wine, on the other hand, is more than just a drink that quenches thirst and continues life. Wine is associated with joy, with celebration, with life as being more than mere survival. By His presence at this wedding He changes the union of man and woman into something new. Marriage becomes more than a mere human institution, existing for whatever purpose a society assigns it. It becomes, like the Church Herself, a sign that God’s Kingdom has already begun in our midst.

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Early morning thoughts just keep coming


Christ opens us to ourselves. He is the source of everything within us. His great gift is sending us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit that opens our heart, our eyes and our ears to the divine within us; enabling us to see within the “I am.” We are also “I am” because Christ died for us so that we may live, feel, think, hurt, cry, laugh, and love. Christ told us “be in harmony” with and to love everyone and everything. God joins us in marriage to resonate with our beloved, to vibrate in tune with her like two violins playing the song of life. You have found your soulmate when you complement each other and are one in harmony with each other. For she dwells within you in the Kingdom of God which is within us. (LK 12:12) As C.S. Lewis wrote to Vanauken, in marriage we seek to become “God and Us”. The “I am” within us, the true self, is a bridge between us and the One who made us one in marriage.

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Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles


The Seven Demons of Mary Of Magdala had nothing to do with sexual matters; (in 1969 the Catholic Church cleared Mary Magdalene of the prostitute label and recognized her as the Apostle to the Apostles. I think of the seven demons as personality disorders which Christ drove out so she could have the “Ears to hear” and fully understand the wisdom he was teaching. The fist was Darkness or depression; the second Cravings or want; the third, Ignorance; the fourth, Lethal Jealousy; the fifth, Enslavement to the Body; the sixth, Intoxicated Wisdom; the seventh, Guileful Wisdom. (As named and listed in the Gospel of Mary Magdalene.) These are the moods we all fall into occasionally in our Wrath and Anxiety and Pride. In driving them out of Mary Christ frees her from ignorance and gives her true Wisdom. You need to be free of these “demons” if you are going to meditate successfully and find the true you within.

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A New Journey


Pat’s favourite author was Tolkien. She knew Death wasn’t the end but a new beginning closer than ever to your beloved spouse and God. You don’t leave your beloved spouse behind, you move closer within your oneness. Death is salvation: you begin the journey back to the Garden where we all were before the Fall. Pat knew the answer to her poem
“How do they know where to go, when night has come down,
When the waves burrow under the gale,
Where do the birds go, when they mourn off this dim coastline,
And night gathers them, and all lights blow out?”
She dreamt of this “… breaking free ,
Hair , skin, eyes, alone and naked,
Riding the wind above a raging sea.”
She is One with me in our heavenly Garden by the sea. No longer dream but reality!

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It is more than a dream!


There are times, usually when waking from a dream, where I have been meeting with my beloved Patricia Bow that I feel her Presence strongly. And see that the most important thing is to be one with her and God. To feel God and her in everything in me and around me. There is no before, no after, only Love itself. No it is not that I am still dreaming; I have fully emerged from the dream. I am awake to her Presence and am one with her. I know only that I am here, she is here, and God is here within me. Love is God! The miraculous is to know God, Patricia, and I, are One and we Exist together within each other.

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There is no before, no after, only LOVE itself.


                Only when I break free of all awareness of the outside world, of my senses, can I become aware of the real me. Awareness of the world outside myself is just my senses reacting to the physical world of the Big Bang; it is noise, my experiences ‘seen’ through my senses, and me trying to control and understand it; it is anxiety and worry. It is not who I really am. It is only when I turn off my senses that I can find the real me. When they stop as in the wolf hours before dusk and dawn, my real self appears, and I really am in the silence of that empty space within. It is my true presence and the presence of my departed beloved and God. It is why wolves howl. It is then I become truly me. It is beyond any of the senses, beyond deep breathing. It is like my cat standing on my chest forcing me to recognize his presence, the presence of him and “I” and my lost saints. I sense the Presence of “I am who I am”, my beloved and my own “I am.” I have found the Love within everything. The highest form of intelligence is meditation, an intense awareness that liberates the mind from its reactions and lets Love in. In Love you truly see. I am more than the sum of my parts. I am a wave, a vibration, that emptiness in which my presence, her presence and God are One.  To Know means to be.

Mark 10:17 – 25 By Patricia A. Bow Jan. 1972

I live in the soft prison of my desires,

home of all my comforts.

There is no other tenant,

and nothing breaks the silence.

Outside, in clarity of sun and wind,

God’s voice reaches men

as well as angels,

hands touch,

and eyes look out for love.

I am a prisoner,

reaching no hands outward,

having withdrawn self to self.

Accustomed to my prison now,

I love it, fear to leave it.

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We had something really special!


Patricia Bow and I were happiest facing life alone together. We were like two swans swimming together among the ice “The boorish wind off the water, / The wind off the lce, / Was too cold, enveloping us / So small, / Two little castles / Hand holding…” We were two small bubbles of happy life united as one in a cold universe needing only each other. Did you know swans also mate forever?

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