March 6, 2016

The Discipline of Waiting for the Storm

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I went up into the mountains to find some rest. It had been a hard week (who am I kidding, a hard few weeks) and I knew that I needed to stop, to breathe, to feel, and to listen for God. A storm had broken over my heart the evening before. Fires in our city […]

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November 14, 2015

A Prayer for Paris, for Beirut, for the World

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Lord, as your beloved St. Francis said, I want to be an instrument of Your peace. I pray for comfort for all who mourn in Paris, for all who mourn in Beirut, for all who mourn in the slums of the Philippines, for all who mourn this whole world round. Forgive me, God, for the […]

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November 2, 2015

A Fitbit for Prayer

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I’m a sucker for measurable results. A few years ago, aware that my day-to-day routine involves a lot of sitting and listening, rather than a lot of walking or standing, I got a Fitbit. If you’re not familiar with this little device, it’s part of the family of souped up pedometers that measure how many […]

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July 16, 2015

Guest Post: The Journey of Grief As Pilgrimage

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I’m honored to be hosting my friend and fellow author, Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts here today on the Anam Cara blog. This is part of Christine’s virtual book tour for her latest offering, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within. To win a copy of her book, just […]

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May 27, 2015

We Awaken In Christ’s Body

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We awaken in Christ’s body As Christ awakens our bodies, And my poor hand is Christ, He enters My foot, and is infinitely me. I move my hand, and wonderfully My hand becomes Christ, becomes all of Him (For God is indivisibly Whole, seamless in His Godhood). I move my foot, and at once He […]

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May 24, 2015

The Body As Sign

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The following is an excerpt from Embracing the Body: Finding God In Our Flesh and Bone, and kicks off the virtual blog tour this week. I offer you this part of the book as a look into why I believe our bodies are so important, and so deeply necessary to life with God—not only for […]

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May 23, 2015

Embracing the Body Virtual Book Tour

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  The Embracing the Body Virtual Book Tour kicks off tomorrow! I’m excited to be touring around the blogs of some of my favorite writers and bloggers, sharing in interviews, original content and excerpts from the book. There will also be a few giveaways. I’ll have some Tweetables listed here, and if you’d like to enter […]

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May 21, 2015

How To Uncover the Gospel of Shame

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This past weekend, some friends and I were gathered together over warm beverages and small people (it’s been unusually cold and rainy in Colorado recently, and our little community has been unusually fertile over the past year) when the topic turned to shame. We’d been talking about John 6:16-21, digging in deeper than the basic […]

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May 7, 2015

A Spiritual Director’s Prayer

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As I read this prayer to a directee today, I realize that God had brought it to heart and mind not just for that person, but for myself as a spiritual director. Sometimes I struggle to find a way to express the “why” of what I do as a director, but this poem by Ted […]

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April 24, 2015

An Atmospheric Low of the Soul

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I’m over at The Mudroom today, sharing on their theme of Cyclones, Storms & Squalls. Here’s a little taster. You can click the link below to read more. It takes a few weeks before I can name this storm. I don’t want to test the winds, to look at the lows and highs, to name […]

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