Evolutionary Work

“God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us.” ― Thomas Keating, Trappist Monk

I came across this quotation the other day…

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To Wait

Our culture does not like waiting very much.  Yet waiting is a discipline that often gleans great rewards.  Gardeners experience this as seeds planted take weeks or months to begin to sprout.  A youth saving their earnings to finally purchase…

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Support Healing

We are often too quick to judge others who have made poor life choices, thinking they deserve the bad consequences that follow.  Yet if we swim upstream a bit, and peer more deeply into what has led them to this…

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Stay Out of It

The 12-step program called Al-Anon (for loved ones of a problem drinker), teaches members to not manipulate situations to cover up for another’s poor choices, or to try and save them from the consequences of their misdeeds.  This guidance can…

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Inner Peace

Spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, was answering a question posed to him regarding inner peace in one of his talks.  The person argued that they could not possibly cultivate inner peace when there are so many atrocities in the world.  Eckhart’s…

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Two Aspects

The French Jesuit priest and philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, once said “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  Indeed we have two aspects about ourselves — one mortal and…

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Bring Peace

Peace is NOT the opposite of trouble or hardships; it is the opposite of worry and fear. 
Peace is trusting that, despite the suffering we face in life, Love can never be destroyed.

Peace is NOT the opposite of differences…

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Celebrate Companionship

“Christmas is the renewed invitation not to be afraid and to let him—whose love is greater than our own hearts and minds can comprehend—be our companion.” 

— Henri Nouwen

The greatest ingredient in love is freedom.  Love does not exist…

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Help Deliver Hope

“To you we say
‘Come, Lord Jesus.’
Amen.”
— From “Advent Prayer” by Henri Nouwen

We have grown confident in God’s solidarity with us.  There is an intimate, timeless connection.  With hopeful expectation we are ready to welcome the illumination…

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Awaken to the Sacred

“We whose hearts are heavy 
seek the joy of your presence. 
We are your people, 
walking in darkness yet seeking the light.” 
— From “Advent Prayer” by Henri Nouwen

Life weighs us down with fear, sadness, and grief.  We long…

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Love is on the Way

“We who are anxious over many things 
look forward to your coming among us. 
We who are blessed in so many ways 
long for the complete joy of your Kingdom.” 
— From “Advent Prayer” by Henri Nouwen

To worry about…

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The Invitation of the Dark

“Lord Jesus, 
Master of both the light and the darkness, 
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.  
We who have so much to do 
seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day."
— From “Advent Prayer” by

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