Monthly Archives: November 2012

Benedict’s Rule: Heightened Awareness

I’ve always been intrigued by the question people ask Jesus at the end of the age, “When did we see you?”  It is a question asked by folks just like us—people who lived through the days of their lives without … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: Discernment Is…(4)

Discernment is paying attention to “nudges.” We’ve all had moments when we “just feel like I’m supposed to do something.”  Clearly, those moments are not always correct, but they are important.  We must not ignore them. Here are some examples … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: Vision (2)

I think there are four key dimensions to a vision—not four separated visions, but four dynamics at work to produce an abiding sense of vision in us… First, a foundational vision.  We sometimes call it a dream.  We can see … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: The Manner of Our Praying

While the establishment of places and times for prayer is important, the more-important reality is the disposition with which we enter into prayer.  Bunge turns to this in Chapter Three of his book. He rightly notes that the establishment of … Continue reading

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Listenings: Prayer is Wasting Time With God

As far as Nouwen is concerned, no word destroys the spiritual life more than the word “useful.” Is it useful?  That’s the question asked by a utilitarianism that ascribes value only to those things that “produce results.”  And because we … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: November 25, 2012 (Year B)

Read:  John 18-33-37 Meditation:  “You Say So” Pilate’s interrogation of Jesus largely revolves around his interest in him.  What seems like a generic question, “Are you the King of the Jews?” comes out of the clear implication that if Jesus … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Rule: A Hidden Way

Before we move beyond the notion  of ordinariness, we must connect it with the commitment to hiddenness. Taking Paul’s words in Colossians 3:3, “your life is hidden with Christ in God,” many of the early Christians sought ways to live … Continue reading

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