Eastertide: Every Thing Old is New Again!

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An old song by Peter Allen and Carol Bayer Sager: Don’t throw the past away/ You might need it some day./ Dreams can come true again/ When everything old is new again! There is an Easter theme here for me. Paul tells the Christians in Corinth that in the Risen Christ, our point of view [Read More...]

Eastering

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                   Let him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson, cresseted east…” These words from  Gerard Manley Hopkins in his poem, “The Wreck of the Deutschland,” have been hovering in and around my spirit in this past week. Holy Week is always about what seems to be the [Read More...]

Revisiting GracePlaces–Gratitude in Holy Week

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During Lent I have been returning to practices where I had already experienced the Grace of Christ, each week adding a different one, in exercises of remembrance and of stretching. This last week, the one we call Holy, I returning to and adding one practice where I have recognized God’s Grace over and over, the [Read More...]

Revisiting GracePlaces: Loving the World-Lent V

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My early beginnings taught me to distrust the world. I spent some years of my childhood in a country across the ocean behind tall walls called a missionary compound, an enclosure I was never to leave alone for fear–of danger, of attack, of getting lost. Yet I read and I see that God loved the [Read More...]

Revisiting GracePlaces: Loving my Neighbors-Lent IV

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The house next door is vacant. I confess that I am glad. The neighbor who last leased the house was troubled, and her troubles spilled over into my back yard. However, I am not sure that my heart was very open to her in welcome caring. I know that one of the places where I [Read More...]

Revisiting GracePlaces: Making Joyful Noise–Lent III

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I am so blessed to have been raised in a family, a faith tradition and an era in which singing praise to the Holy One was as natural and ordinary as brushing my teeth or doing my homework. Every day had our singing in it. My mother put us to bed singing, There is a [Read More...]

Ignited by SACRED FIRE: a Book Review

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What a gift to discover this book in the middle of Lent! Ronald Rolheiser, Roman Catholic writer in spirituality and theology, has written a book that covers new and evocative ground for those who have been on the journey of Spirit a long time in this book, Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human [Read More...]

Revisiting GracePlaces: Lent II-Walking a Labyrinth

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I am revisiting places where I have experienced Grace as a Lenten practice this year, reminding myself of ways in which I have been met by the Holy One in the past. I began in reclaiming periods of silence last week, and am finding that both the struggle to become and then to stay silent [Read More...]

Revisiting GracePlaces: Lent 1-Silence

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I have felt overwhelmed with the number and variety of Lenten resources that have come my way this year through many channels, each one seemingly more inviting than the next. I needed to take a moment to stop, to breathe, the listen to what the Spirit was inviting me to let go of or add [Read More...]

An Invitation to Stillness: Book Review of Be Still and Know

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An Invitation to Stillness: Book Review of Be Still and Know by Norris J. Chumley No one can dispute the 21st North-American need to encounter silence with as much noise as most of us live with and in today. In his book Be Still and Know: God’s Presence in Silence, Norris Chumley investigates one slice [Read More...]


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