November 18, 2017

Four Meaningful Gifts for the Season

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I admit it. I’m a sucker for the “suggested for you” and the Christmas gift lists sent out by my favorite writers (and retailers) around this time of year. If you put any stock in the 5 love languages, one of mine is definitely gifts, and I love scouring websites and catalogs for something both […]

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August 31, 2017

Prayer for the Woman in the Minivan Putting on Her Makeup at the Stoplight

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I blame my friend, Tanya Marlow, for forcing me to make room to write this one out. You can blame her, too. Prayer for the Woman in the Minivan Putting on Her Makeup at the Stoplight After Brian Doyle I will say, at first, that I’m glad you weren’t checking social media or texting or […]

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April 25, 2017

The First Mention of Love

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The Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio During Easter Vigil at my church, I was invited to share a brief meditation on Genesis 22. The theme of the evening was the ever-building victory of God over sin and death in the history of God’s people. As such, we heard meditations and experienced live performances in a […]

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February 28, 2017

13 Things To Give Up For Lent

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Today is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras (translated as Fat Tuesday). Generally, today is the day where Christians are meant to consider their lives prayerfully and decide on what the shape of their Lenten fast will be—whether it’s a giving up of a vice or addiction, or taking up of a devotional activity. […]

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February 29, 2012

Meet Christine Valters Paintner

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Christine is a gift. I first met her through Abbey of the Arts, her virtual monastery, and got to know her through a few of the online courses that she offers. In emails and other exchanges, I got to know her a little bit better, and then at a Spiritual Directors International event I was […]

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February 27, 2012

Danger, Danger

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It is dangerous for me, as a spiritual director to write things (better said to publish things?) while I'm in the midst of leading a retreat. There are some practical reasons for that, of course. If I publish things during a retreat, there is the possibility that the retreatants will think that I am writing […]

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February 20, 2012

The Journey of Forgiveness

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This is the week preceding the beginning of Lent, whose advent is marked by what I used to jokingly refer to as “Identify a Catholic Day,” Ash Wednesday. As an Anglican, I now somewhat resent my former self for that oversimplification—there are many, many traditions within the Christian Church that mark the entrance into the […]

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February 18, 2012

A Recommendation for Lent

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A few folks have asked me to recommend a Lenten devotional or resource to guide them through Lent, as I did during the Advent season. I’ve been thinking about that off and on, and today Sara Zarr beat me to it in this wonderful post on her blog. If Sara’s words aren’t enough to prompt you […]

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February 15, 2012

Meet Kristin Ritzau

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I first “met” Kristin Ritzau on the pages of her book, A Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey Through Self-Care (go buy it now, seriously). As I read, I discovered a kindred spirit, a young woman intent on living well and yet tired of the brutal violence done to her own soul in the name of […]

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February 10, 2012

Link Love

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There have been a number of wonderful articles and blog posts recently that I've wanted to share with you. Here they are, in no particular order: Welcoming Tenderness A beautiful blog post by Christine Paintner that talks about making space for the parts of ourselves that we otherwise surpress. An invitation to tenderness. Be The […]

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