Monthly Archives: June 2012

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

Read:  Mark 5:21-43 Meditation:  “Turmoil!” This section in Marks’ gospel could be titled with the one word:  turmoil. Turmoil between Jesus and religious leaders.  Turmoil between Jesus and his family.  Turmoil between Jesus and his disciples.  And today, turmoil between … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Rule: Only the Beginning

The final chapter of the Rule seems amazing at first glance.  Benedict says that the Rule just read is “only the beginning.” This is the spirit of all true formation.  As Thomas Merton put it more recently—in matters of the … Continue reading

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Gleanings: A Guiding Word

Let us not just study God’s word.  It is a word that must be prayed.  Then the Spirit will guide us, and the whole church, to all wisdom and truth. John Michael Talbot, Reflections on the Gospels, Volume 2, p. … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: The Downward Spiral (4)

If we do not deal with fatigue we spiral downward into burnout. I misunderstood burnout for a while.  I thought of it as a loss of ability, but that’s not what it is.  It is a loss of interest.  We … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: Places and Times

After beginning his book with a rather “spiritual” view of prayer (psalms, prayers, meditations, etc), Bunge turns to the “physical” dimensions.  Because we are human beings with bodies, our praying is always in relation to certain physical aspects.  Chapter Two … Continue reading

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Listenings: A Few Common Elements: Reflection

There are so many churches (denominational and non-denominational) and so many “schools” of spirituality (e.g. Benedictine, Reformed, Wesleyan) that we may have the idea that spiritual formation is like walking through a maze, or a circus “fun house” where the … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: June 24, 2012 (Year B)

Read:  Mark 4:25-31 Meditation:  “Necessary Suffering” If you follow this blog, you know that I have been blessed by reading Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.  Jeannie gave it to me as a gift, and I am so glad she did. Today’s … Continue reading

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