Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Holy Gospel: January 1, 2012 (Year B)

Read:  Luke 2:22-40 Meditation:  “Presented to the Lord” There’s no better way to begin the new year than to “present” ourselves to the Lord.  What Mary and Joseph did with Jesus, we can do with ourselves and with our families.  … Continue reading

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Site Update: Christmas Break

I will not post the week of December 26-31, with the exception of “The Holy Gospel” for January 1st (posted on December 31). See you in the New Year, God willing.

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The Holy Gospel: December 25, 2011 (Year B)

Read:  Luke 2:1-20 Meditation:  “As Told To Us” When I come to familiar times in the Christian year, I pray to find “something new” in my reading of the Gospel lessons.  So, I approached the Gospel lesson for Christmas Day … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Rule: The Pace of Grace

Chapter 47 of the Rule can seem very outdated, even cumbersome.  It is not a schedule or lifestyle we are familiar with, so we can get lost in the details.  But when we sort through the specific admonitions, we find … Continue reading

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In-Sight: Ecclesia

One of the primary images that I use on this site is that of “journey.”  And within that, I have variously emphasized that spiritual formation is a “from—to” experience:  e.g. from darkness to light, from death to life, etc. Recently, … Continue reading

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Let Us Pray: Influential Intercession

Read:  Genesis 18 I doubt we will ever be able to describe how prayer is “influential” with respect to God’s actions on the earth.  Sometimes we appear to see a quick and clear connection between our prayers and God’s actions.  … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: Restoring Our Personhood

As we continue our exploration of how we might go about renewing our hearts, I want to write today about a second avenue: restoring our personhood. I first realized the need for this through the writings of Thomas Merton, and … Continue reading

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