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October 4, 2011

Feast of St. Francis

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To tell you the truth, Francis is one of my favorite saints. He was iconoclastic, deeply in love with God, and more than a little bit weird. He talked to rocks and wolves and worked for peace. He broke the mold. Today, Shane Claiborne shared a wonderful primer on St. Francis that is well worth […]

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October 3, 2011

Time for Taize

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“Since my youth, I think that I have never lost the intuition that community life could be a sign that God is love, and love alone. Gradually the conviction took shape in me that it was essential to create a community with men determined to give their whole life and who would always try to […]

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September 28, 2011

A New Year

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Sunset tonight, September 28, begins a new year in Jewish tradition. It is the start of Rosh Hashanah, a celebration of things being created by God, and the names of His people being written in the book of life. Whatever your faith tradition, tonight can seen as a thin place, a threshold between old and […]

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September 27, 2011

A Place for Spiritual Direction

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Over at Pastors.com Jamin Goggin is beginning a series on spiritual direction and its place in the church. I'm always excited about spiritual direction getting greater exposure and explanation—the practice is often such a fuzzy concept for people used to really defined roles that an exploration of what spiritual direction is from different perspective is […]

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September 26, 2011

Little Toes

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A good friend of mine recently gave birth to a little boy with whom I’m totally in love. Although I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like, given our schedules, this little guy has quickly become one of the favorite men in my life. On a recent visit with him and his […]

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September 22, 2011

Poetry for the Soul

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When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats When you are old and gray and full of sleepAnd nodding by the fire, take down this book,And slowly read, and dream of the soft lookYour eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace,And loved your beauty with love […]

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September 21, 2011

The Rest of Simplicity

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Weavings is a wonderful publication whose blog recently reminded me how easy it is to be allured away from simplicity into a life of discontent and restlessness. It's both easy and difficult to do—to choose the things that are needed, not those that are wanted. To choose for less, instead of more. To choose for […]

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September 20, 2011

From The Center

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Two weekends ago, I taught and led a weekend retreat for the beloved, holy mess that is my spiritual home. The verses that wrapped our time were these, quoted here from The Message, Romans 12:9-19:  9-10Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for […]

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September 14, 2011

The Place of Poetry

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A poem needs understanding through the senses. The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore; it’s to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out. It is an experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to […]

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September 13, 2011

Looking Up

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Two weekends ago, my husband and I finally made it out to the Colorado Balloon Classic. We’ve been talking about going for three years, but every time the morning of our intended trek to the launch rolls around, we instead roll back over in bed. This year, though, we’d had our fill of good intentions […]

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