December 2, 2009

The Hard Task of Love

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Every time we see a major crisis in the history of the church such as the Great Schism of the eleventh century or the Reformation of the sixteenth century or the immense secularization in the twentieth century, we always see that a major cause of the rupture is the power exercised by those who claim […]

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November 13, 2009

Friday Favorites: Scouting the Divine

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Friday Favorites I’m starting a new tradition here at the Anam Cara Blog. Every Friday (except holidays, of course), I’m going to be posting a new “favorite” (or, as I prefer to write it, favourite—it’s better with a YOU in it!) for you. These favorites will be resources I found that I use in my […]

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November 4, 2009

Who Told You That You Were Naked?

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My friend and colleague, Sam Jolman, recently shared this reflection with our church. It speaks to some of the deepest places in our hearts, the places that paradoxically long to be seen and be hidden. Sam is an excellent counselor and wonderful man of God. To follow his blog or learn more about him, you […]

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October 26, 2009

The Greatest Disease

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“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are […]

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October 12, 2009

Spiritual Direction In The News

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Spiritual directors and the practice of spiritual direction has been in the news quite a bit in the past few months. While the mainstream media still isn't sure what to call a spiritual director (writers are using everything from "spirit guide," which makes us sound like we're experts in the paranormal, to "spiritual counselor," which […]

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September 9, 2009

When Love Isn’t Easy

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I have a friend who has recently been sharing the love of God around the globe. She spent time in Calcutta, India, loving those who are so difficult to love. If you want to risk having your heart touched by a beautiful story and struggle of loving those who don't know how to be loved, […]

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August 6, 2009


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After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. – Matt. 17:1-2   Driving home this evening, the full […]

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August 3, 2009

The Enemy of the Good Life

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My small group and I recently set out on an adventure—we’re looking at the spiritual disciplines and how they help us to live life fully. Fully with God and fully with one another. We’re using a book by James Bryan Smith called The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows, […]

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