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There is an ancient legend which holds that when an infant is created, God kisses its soul and sings to it. As its guardian angel carries it to earth to join its body, she also sings to it. The legend says that God's kiss and his song, as well as the song of the angel, remain in that soul forever - to be called up, cherished, shared, and to become the basis of all of our songs. 'But to feel that kiss, to hear that song, requires solitude. You do not feel gentleness when inside of you and all around you there is noise, abrasiveness, anger, bitterness, jealousy, competitiveness, and paranoia. The sound of God's heartbeat is audible only in a certain solitude and in the gentleness it brings.' - Fr Ron Rolheiser


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