February 5, 2017

7 Books for Lent

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While most businesses are spamming you with ads for Valentine’s Day, there’s another season coming that is probably flying under the radar. This year, Lent starts on February 13. While this may create a crisis for all the people giving up chocolate for Lent, I thought I’d give you some of my favorite suggestions for […]

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December 28, 2016

Recovering from Soul Sag

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No matter how open-handed we were, no matter how still we became, no matter how we tempered our expectations into expectancy, a majority of us have been feeling (or will feel) a let down after December 25. Our longings have been whetted by Advent, our desires help openly before God, and whatever of those were met […]

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November 11, 2016


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  Exile  On reading 1 & 2 Kings Like the ancients, we know about ashes, and smoldering ruins, and collapse of dreams, and loss of treasure, and failed faith, and dislocation, and anxiety, and anger, and self-pity. For we have watched the certitudes and entitlements of our world evaporate. Like the ancients, we are a […]

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November 9, 2016

Post-Election Soul Care

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  I began this post before the election results for the President of the United States had officially been called. Whichever candidate got elected, the practices of soul care matter deeply after a long, harrowing, and divisive campaign cycle. This morning, whether you are a supporter of President-elect Trump, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, a […]

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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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