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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A Spirit of Trust

When glancing back on my life recently, I realized two things.  One, I have been richly blessed in countless ways.  Two, like everyone, I have had heartaches I never could have anticipated.  I offer thanks to God for the incredible…

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Holy Guidance

The magi in the Gospel for the Epiphany were a group of scholars who dealt with astrology, foretelling the future, and dream interpretation.  They observed a star, trusted it was signaling a king’s birth, and followed it to find Jesus…

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Praying with Miriam

God of us all, thank you for the life of Miriam of Nazareth, who walked the earth over 2000 years ago.  Thank you for blessing the world with Miriam’s son, Jesus, who grew in her womb, and whose life as…

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Great Joy for All People!

The night Gospel for the Nativity fo the Lord describes the evening Jesus was born.  Images of the Holy Family come to mind — Joseph protecting Mary, Mary directing her energy inward for labor, and a beautiful baby boy emerging…

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Cooperate With Grace

For the fourth Sunday in Advent we read the Gospel story of how Mary travels to see her cousin Elizabeth, who is also pregnant.  What I appreciate about their interaction is the joy it expresses as they find themselves cooperating…

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What Should We Do?

The Gospel reading for the third Sunday of Advent opens with crowds asking John the Baptist “What should we do?”  They must have had a longing for something more to even ask this, an anticipation of a better way of…

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