Monthly Archives: January 2013

In-Sight: A Time for Deep Sadness

This past Friday, USA Today included an article stating that ours is a culture “deluged by deception.”  Citing the recent Lance Armstrong incident, and combining it with other illustrations from celebrities, sports figures, TV reality shows, and politics, the article … Continue reading

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Listenings: Moving from Sorrow to Joy

The movement from sorrow to joy is the way Henri Nouwen describes the essence of spiritual formation in midlife. With the movement into transparency (openness) in the first movement of our formation, we see that our lives are not what … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: January 27, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  Luke 4:14-21 Meditation:  “The Fulfillment of Advent” Some have called Jesus’ announcement in Nazareth the fulfillment of Advent.  The baby born in the stable is now the Messiah commissioned in the synagogue. Jesus uses Isaiah’s words to define the … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Christian Disposition

St. Francis de Sales sheds light on the way we should relate to others… “I would rather account to God for too great gentleness than for too great severity. Is not God all love? God the Father is the Father … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Rule: A Life of Humility

The history of Christian spirituality teaches that the sign of love is humility.  John Wesley was once asked to name the mark of “perfect love,” and he responded, “humility.” Esther de Waal shows us how the Rule of Benedict points … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Community–A Sign

A recent comment from Henri Nouwen reveals why narcissistic persons can never create or live in community… “Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: Offer Yourself to God

Romans 12:1 gives us the primary pre-requisite to knowing the will of God—offering ourselves to God as living sacrifices. This means that the fundamental practice in discernment is a heart surrendered to God.  Abandonment to God disposes our hearts to … Continue reading

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