Philip and the eunuch: A Reflection on Acts 8:36-38

"St. Philip talking with the Ethiopian eunuch"; Ann C. Chapin

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?” Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into [Read More...]

Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures: A Reflection on John 6:27

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. — John 6:27 It’s the bit before “I am the bread of life.” Here’s part of my reflection: [Read More...]

Reading Scripture Contemplatively with Lectio Divina

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Lectio divina has become much more popular in recent years, and it’s a traditional practice during Advent. So every year around this time, I’m asked by friends and colleagues for guidance or recommendations on the subject. Here is an introduction to lectio divina, with a helpful bullet-point list of the stages and essential aspects of the practice. [Read more...]

God does not need our obedience and rituals; those things help us: A Reflection on Psalm 50:14-15

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: Offer to God praise as your sacrifice and fulfill your vows to the Most High; Then call upon me in time of distress; I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me. – Psalm 50:14-15 Here’s part of my reflection: A key [Read More...]

The Big Lie is that we are all alone: A Reflection on Psalm 3

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: Many are saying of me, “There is no salvation for him in God.” But you, O LORD, are my shield. – Psalm 3:3-4 Here’s part of my reflection: The psalmist’s adversaries wield words. They tell him his situation is hopeless. This is [Read More...]

Obedient Gratitude — Grateful Obedience: A reflection on Psalm 81

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 81 is one of mine: “Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel… For it is a statute in Israel.” Read my reflection on obedient gratitude / grateful obedience. [Read more...]

Holy Means Whole: A reflection on Psalm 99

© 2013 Phil Fox Rose -- Cold Spring, NY

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 99 is one of mine: “Holy is the Lord, our God.” Read my reflection on reconnecting with God’s undivided power and love whenever you feel overwhelmed. [Read more...]

Pentecost and Boldness in the Holy Spirit

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Acts promises that with the Holy Spirit in us, we will be able to boldly live out the Good News — whether this takes the form of speaking confidently, or of taking the leap to follow our calling. I used to be terrified of public speaking. But when I started working with the subjects of faith and recovery — subjects connected to my calling — the fear was just gone. Gone. [Read more...]

The Work of His Hands: A reflection on Psalm 19:2

© 2013 Phil Fox Rose -- Deadly nightshade, Central Park, NYC

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 19 is one of mine: “the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” Read my reflection on encountering God in nature. This coming spring weekend, you can be certain I’ll be outdoors encountering God’s handiwork. [Read more...]

Idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. – Psalm 115:3-4 Here’s a bit of my reflection: Any time we put some material desire ahead of God’s will, we are [Read More...]


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