A thread weaves through our lives, connecting our past and present into the timelessness of who we are. We find this same connection as we meet ourselves in others, dispelling the illusion that we are separate beings and opening the door to a heaven we long imagined, yet least expected. Through the eyes of his own homelessness, Carl Mazza takes us with him on an intensely personal journey, a bequest from his immigrant forbears, to tell how ordinary people, living through dislocation and chaos, are awakened through human meeting to a primal and gripping spirituality outside institutional religion. The stories in this book are true and powerful; you will be touched and inspired. It is an individual and engaging search for the meaning of belonging which ends in a surprising and compelling view of heaven: where it is and how we can get there. Through an understanding of life experienced as meeting, the author defines a spirituality of powerful possibilities, a soul-force which is too often minimized by organized religion. Drawing from intimate stories over five decades of friendship with persons who have been homeless, he introduces us to people whose lives, though devastated by misfortune and heartbreak, open a vista on an uncharted horizon of meaning for our lives.
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The author is the son of Italian parentage, a generation awakened by an extraordinary spiritual rebirth, who struggled between two lands and cultures to find the meaning of home. Along with his late wife Marsha, he is the founder, and for 30 years the pastor/director, of the community of Meeting Ground in Cecil County, Maryland, by the Chesapeake Bay, a vibrant and unique partnership with persons and families experiencing homelessness. A graduate of Princeton Seminary and a Presbyterian minister, he forcefully articulates his disillusionment with established religion and recognizes those who struggle with a consciousness of being spiritual outsiders, especially among persons who are or have been homeless. He challenges organized religion to return to a fundamental vision of divinity present within us and in our relationships, and to recognize the urgent need of our culture for the Spirituality of Meeting. He continues to live and work in Chesapeake City, Maryland.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 146 pages. 9.00x0.37x6.00 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1480231991