Almsgiving

The final pillar of Lent is almsgiving.  Now that we have set the foundation of our Lenten journey with prayer and we have carved out space for something new through fasting, we are ready to give thought to how we…

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Fasting

Fasting is the second pillar of Lent.  Many religions have a component of fasting as part of their spiritual practice.  The experience of intentionally abstaining from something we normally use or enjoy brings about a mindfulness of our blessings and…

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Praise

This is the final of four posts that will point to different methods of prayer which we may want to consider using on our Lenten journey.  For today we’ll look at Praise.  

Praise — Some people interpret praise as expressing…

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Thanksgiving & Intercession

This is the third of four posts that will point to different methods of prayer which we may want to consider using on our Lenten journey.  For today we’ll look at Thanksgiving and Intercession.  

Thanksgiving — As Meister Eckhart once…

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Confession & Petition

This is the second of four posts that will point to different methods of prayer which we may want to consider using on our Lenten journey.  For today we’ll look at Confession and Petition. 

Confession — A good way to…

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Prayer: The First Pillar of Lent

For Christians, Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday is the 40-day season of Lent in which we are invited to take part in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Known as the “three pillars of Lent,” we look upon these practices as ways…

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A Constant Invitation

This week I chanced upon a television special featuring author and doctor, Deepak Chopra. He was teaching about enlightenment. One sentence he said really struck me: “The Soul is never in the body; the body is experiencing the Soul.” I…

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Authenticity

Recently I heard a talk on authenticity by licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Ramani Durvusula.  She explained how people who have done the work to become self-actualized, people who are authentic, are more equipped to handle difficult situations and challenging relationships…

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Actively Endorse Our Longings 

I imagine there are situations in all of our lives wherein it would take a miracle for things to turn around, for that which is broken to be healed, for real conversion to take root.  Often we don’t even bother…

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Root for the Team

A friend of mine was dealing with a challenging stretch in his marriage when he found out an in-law was encouraging his spouse to exit the relationship.  My friend was so disappointed as he thought this in-law supported the couple…

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The Gift of Now

A few times lately I’ve been reminded of the healthy practice of staying in the present moment.  If we were to stop and check in with ourselves throughout the day, and name what it is we’re thinking of at that…

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Trauma and Truth

Many know the name Sojourner Truth.  She was born in New York in 1797 as Isabella Baumfree.  A slave bought and sold several times, Isabella escaped with her infant daughter, the youngest of her five children, in 1826 to a…

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