Monthly Archives: April 2012

Shepherd’s Care: I Am My Selections

We are continuing to look at a few of the key elements that shape our lives and our ministries.  We have considered the roles that personhood and location play.  Today, we turn to the shaping power of our choices. None … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Authenticity and Crucifixion

We hear a lot today about “being authentic,” and it’s an important subject.  Richard Rohr recently spoke of it in a way we cannot ignore… The theme of suffering recurs constantly within Mark, as if the entire gospel is an … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: Prayer as Receptivity

We connect ourselves to tradition in learning to pray because we understand that prayer (like everything else in the spiritual life) is “gift.”  The wisdom of the early Christian fathers and mothers has been preserved by the Holy Spirit specifically … Continue reading

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Gleanings: “Nevertheless”

Some of you will know that one of my favorite words to describe tenacity in the life of prayer is “nevertheless.”  I devoted a chapter to it in my book, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense. … Continue reading

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Listenings: The Way of the Heart

The richness of Nouwen’s book for me lies in part in the difficulty of getting beyond the Preface and into the actual chapters.  I hope you’ll bear with me, because I think there are things here that are very important. … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: April 22, 2012 (Year B)

Read:  Luke 24:36-48 Meditation:  What an “Open Mind” Really Is We like to use the term “open-mindedness” as a sign of our personal health and our communal hospitality.  We use the term as way of saying we are nice people, … Continue reading

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In-Sight: Body Pleas

Christians are not dualists.  We believe salvation means “wholeness,” and that there is a direct connection between what’s going on in our souls with what’s going on in our bodies. The need for true spirituality is being increasingly confirmed in … Continue reading

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