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Gleanings: Living Stones

Good words from Origen about our being a spiritual house…. “All of us who believe in Jesus Christ are said to be “living stones” according to the statement of scripture when it says: “Like living stones be yourselves built into … Continue reading

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Announcement: My New Book Is Out

I am happy to let you know that my new book, Fresh Wind Blowing, is out and available from the publisher (Wipf and Stock) for a special web price of $9.60.  It is the latest volume in the New Monastic … Continue reading

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First Day: Onto the New Path

Hello, Everyone! For now, at least, I am going to continue the monthly “First Day” gathering post.  It gives me an opportunity to communicate things related to the blogsite itself. As you already know, the “new path” for Oboedire is … Continue reading

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Announcement: A Simpler Way

Hello, Everyone! I have made the decision to end my regular, thematic postings.  The production of them has become too labor-intensive and deadline-driven. As of today, the only regular post for Oboedire will be “The Holy Gospel” each Saturday.  I … Continue reading

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Ooops!

Working ahead on the blog has backfired on me!  A post intended for Christmas week posted accidentally today. No….I am not taking a two-month “Christmas break”—and even though I am a Willie Nelson devotee, I am NOT ready to hear … Continue reading

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First Day: A New Series

With the coming of October, I want to tell you about a new series which begins on October 9th. Each Wednesday, I will post a writing related to Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter: “Lumen Fidei.”  I have been reading it … Continue reading

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First Day: Posting Resumes

Welcome back to the Oboedire blog. As you know, I am in discernment about the relationship between this blog page and the Oboedire facebook page. All I seem to be getting right now is this: “less is more.” So, for … Continue reading

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First Day: Time Out

Dear Friends, August is another “time out” month for me. I need to step away from writing now and then. Only “The Holy Gospel” posts will continue on Saturdays, nothing else. See you back here for the “First Day” post … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Making the Best of It

These words from Robert Fulghum’s website recently spoke to me, I believe that things work out best for the person who makes the best of the way things turn out.

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Gleanings: Contemplation

Contemplation is about waking up. Simply defined, to be contemplative is to experience an event fully, in all its aspects. Biblically this is expressed as knowing “face to face.” What is implied in that phrase … is that we are … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Writing

The Oboedire ministry brings people across my path who say, “Sometimes I think I should be a writer.”  I offer his piece from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey (April 27) to encourage you… Writing can be a true spiritual … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Obscurity

Here is a good quote from a young pastor I have only recently found, Jonathan Martin (Renovatus Church in Charlotte).  It comes from his first book, Prototype (Tyndale House)…. “In our culture of constant access and nonstop media, nothing feels … Continue reading

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First Day: Checking In

As we begin the month of July, Oboedire begins its fourth year of existence.  It is difficult to realize it has been up and running that long, but it is true!  Thanks for being on the journey with me. I … Continue reading

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Gleanings: True Unity

I don’t usually post long excerpts, but this recent writing by Richard Rohr reinforced my longstanding belief (thanks to E.Stanley Jones especially, but not exclusively) that the Incarnation is the core of the Gospel… I sincerely hate to say it, … Continue reading

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Gleanings: What Mystics Know

The mystics are those who are let in on this secret mystery of God’s love affair with the soul, with my soul in particular—and that God loves me uniquely. All true love gives us this sense of being special, chosen, … Continue reading

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Gleanings: No Substitutes

I recently read this quote from Brennan Manning… “The Word we study has to be the Word we pray. My personal experience of the relentless tenderness of God came not from exegetes, theologians, and spiritual writers, but from sitting still … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Pray Until You Pray

A.W. Tozer communicates an important reminder in his exhortation to “pray ’til you pray”…. Often the last 10 minutes may mean more to us than the first half hour, because we must spend a long time getting into the proper … Continue reading

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First Day: “Summer Time…..”

As we enter the summer months, I have a couple of things to share with you… (1) The decision to create an Oboedire Facebook page has expanded the ministry.  It is a good medium for sharing brief, “current” thoughts about … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Gospel Paradox

Richard Rohr offers this thought-provoking meditation on the difference between some conventional religion and the Gospel… The clarification here is fundamental and central. A historian of religion once said (I cannot remember where I read it) that all religion begins … Continue reading

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In-Sight: Where Is James When You Need Him?

Blogging has become a very personal exercise for me.  I find that often, I have to write about something that is more of a lack in me than a possession.  Today, is one of those times. We would be in … Continue reading

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Gleanings: All is Grace

A few days ago, I quoted Henri Nouwen as saying God is waiting to see “the slides of our lives” when we get to heaven.  The quotation raised the possibility (given its being cited apart from the original context) that … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Giving and Receiving

“Nobody is so poor that he/she has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich that he/she has nothing to receive.”   Pope John Paul II

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Gleanings: The Ministry of Receiving

Henri Nouwen reminds us that receiving is as much a ministry as giving is… But receiving is just as important, because by receiving we reveal to the givers that they have gifts to offer. When we say, “Thank you, you … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Life as a Journey

I like this image of life, provided by Henri Nouwen in Bread for the Journey (March 31)… This is what life is about. It is being sent on a trip by a loving God, who is waiting at home for … Continue reading

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First Day: Welcome Back!

It’s good to be back in touch with you, although I confess that the April break was a “brain rest” for me. It has also given me a fresh vision for Oboedire, and that’s the topic I want to share … Continue reading

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First Day: This ‘n That

Hello, Everyone! I have several things to share with you as we begin the month of April… (1) If you have followed Oboedire in 2013, you have probably noticed a lot of extra postings.  I go through “seasons” in my … Continue reading

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Gleanings: This is the Day

These words from John Henry Newman provide a good meditation as Easter Day comes to a close… And here we are, even on this great Day, this Day of days, on which Christ arose from the dead,—here are we… as … Continue reading

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Gleanings: True Community

Henri Nouwen reminds us about the nature of true community… As long as we relate primarily to each other’s wealth, health, stability, intelligence, and soul strength, we cannot develop true community. Community is not a talent show in which we … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Experience, Necessary but Limited

St. John of the Cross offers this important word about Christian experience, the necessity of humility, and the inevitability of Mystery… “However elevated God’s communications and the experiences of his presence are, and however sublime a person’s knowledge of him … Continue reading

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First Day: Just Checking In

I really don’t have anything new to share with you as we begin the month of March.  We continue in the season of Lent, and when we come to Holy Week, I will suspend the traditional themes and (as last … Continue reading

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Gleanings: A Transforming Use of Scripture

Richard Rohr recently (e-letter 2/22) commended the following use of the Bible… When the Scriptures are used maturely, they proceed in this order: 1. They confront us with a bigger picture than we are used to: “God’s kingdom” that has … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Two-footed Christianity

Richard Rohr (e-letter for Feb 20) offers us a good image of our Christian walk… “The Jewish prophets had one foot in Israel and one foot outside and beyond. So must you have one foot in your historical faith community … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Marked by Ashes

Tonight, millions of us will participate in Ash Wednesday services.  I hope this poem by Walter Brueggemann will inspire you as you prepare yourself to be… Marked by Ashes Ruler of the Night, Guarantor of the day . . . … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Where It All Begins

Over against a pseudo spirituality that shifts the emphasis from God to us, Richard Rohr reminds us where it all begins… God is always the initiator, God is the doer, God is the one who seduces us. All we can … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Holding Creed & Experience Together

We sometimes wrestle with keeping the objective and subjective elements of faith properly related to each other.  A recent comment from Richard Rohr is helpful… “The only things we know at any deep and real level are the things we … Continue reading

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Gleanings: God’s Unconditional Love

Henri Nouwen offers us this powerful word… “We often confuse unconditional love with unconditional approval. God loves us without conditions but does not approve of every human behavior. God doesn’t approve of betrayal, violence, hatred, suspicion, and all other expressions … Continue reading

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First Day: A Few More Developments

If you read the January edition of “First Day” (posted on 1/14), you know that things are evolving with Oboedire.  I have a couple of reminders to share today, a new venture, and an update…. (1) The reminder that NewPastors … Continue reading

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Gleanings: The Essence of Devotion

Mother Teresa captures the essence of the devotional life… “It is possible that I may not be able to keep my attention fully on God while I work, but God doesn’t demand that I do so. Yet I can fully … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Contemplation and Action

Richard Rohr offers this helpful insight… “It does not matter which side you start on, but eventually action and contemplation must meet and feed one another. When prayer is authentic it will always lead to actions of mercy; when actions … 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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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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Gleanings: Who Christians Are

Bishop Peter Chrysologus (c. 389-450) offered this definition of a Christian… “The Christian becomes the new skin that is ready to receive new wine, the wine of the Son’s wedding, crushed in the winepress of the cross.”

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First Day: New Things on the Horizon

I’ve postponed our monthly “first-day” gathering until today, so I could have more time to develop the things I want to share with you.  Some exciting new things are on the horizon…. (1) On the main home page, you will … Continue reading

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First Day: Postponed Until January 14

Hello, Everyone! The posting break that’s just ended has left me unprepared to write the traditional “First Day” post for our Oboedire family.  Some important things are in the works, and I want to be sure I take the time … Continue reading

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Gleanings: The Way of Words

In a recent reading of St. Ambrose, I found this wisdom from one of God’s dear servants, “We win people over by the grace of our words.”

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First Day: “In Our End is Our Beginning”

A popular contemporary hymn has the phrase in it that I’m using for the title of this month’s first-day visit.  The year has gone by so quickly.  Here we are at Advent. Jeannie and I pray that you and your … Continue reading

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Gleanings: The Necessity of Compassion

Here’s a good second post for Wednesday—the day we focus on clergy and spiritual leaders here at Oboedire.  Henri Nouwen reminds us of the importance of compassion in the practice of ministry…. The Church often wounds us deeply.  People with … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Forgiving the Church

Henri Nouwen’s writings in Bread for the Journey are currently dealing with the church, and I’m finding a number of them to be particularly inspiring, especially as we live in a time when some are advocating a “churchless Christianity.”  Nouwen … Continue reading

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First Day: Welcome to the Fall

We have not yet felt the permanent arrival of Fall (or at least what we call “Fall”) in Florida.  It’s still HOT!  But we live by hope. As we begin a new month in the Oboedire family, I want to … Continue reading

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Gleanings: The Grand Reversal

Richard Rohr’s daily e-letter has a powerful writing on mystical love, showing how it is a grand reversal of our tendency to think about the God-human relationship… Ordinary Christianity has emphasized that we should love God. This makes sense, but … Continue reading

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