Is It You?

Christ appears in many forms, sometimes familiar ones.  In every encounter you have today, whether its with your spouse or the co-worker you see every morning or a stranger on the street, ask Christ, "Is it you?"  Keep this as your constant prayer throughout the day. … [Read more...]

Push the Limits

Do something today that pushes your body to the limits--it could be a long run, a long hike, a long bike ride, or a hard game of ultimate Frisbee.  Whatever it is, let your body move to the brink where you can't go any more, but then you discover that you can.  Let this experience of your body teach your soul how to endure the hardships and pains that come in life.  The Christian life, scripture is clear, is about endurance.  Learn to endure. … [Read more...]

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Augustine.  It has been said that Augustine's works are so numerous that anyone who says they've read them all is a liar, but two of Augustine's works are his most famous: The Confessions  and The City of God.In honor of Augustine's feast day we have two options for exercises.1) Following Augustine's example in The Confessions renarrate your last month as a prayer to God.  Tell God all that happened, high and low, and ask God to shed divine light on … [Read more...]

Go and Listen

There's an amazing lecture going on today--a fascinating speaker is presenting his thoughts on how to live a happy, fulfilled life and it is a free event.  It will only last an hour and it could be life changing.This is the opportunity we are presented with when we sit down to read Matthew 5-7: the Sermon on the Mount.  Find a quiet hour to immerse yourself in the sermon and imagine that you are listening to Jesus deliver this sermon just like a great TED talk.   … [Read more...]

Your Weakness

What are your weaknesses, your sins, your inclinations that always seem to get you in trouble?  Write them down and pray through each one, asking God to be your strength in each of your weaknesses.  Surrender, consciously, each of these areas of your life to God and ask Christ to live through you, replacing your weakness with his strength. … [Read more...]

Ask Questions and Wait for a Reply

In every conversation you have work to make listening the most significant role you play.  Refrain from saying anything other than questions to provoke more opportunities for listening.  Attempt, if at all possible from making conclusive statements, but rather use questions to move the conversation along.  In your prayers do the same thing by praying things like, "Lord, what is your will for me today?"  "Where do you want me to be working in this place?"  And so on.  … [Read more...]

Be with the body

Com (with) + muni (body)-- being with the body, that is what we do as we gather together to partake in the Eucharist.  Today be with the body, the body of Christ as remembered in the bread and wine, and with the body of Christ now made manifest in the church.  Be as centered on being with fellow Christians, as Christ's body, as you are with the bread and wine of communion. … [Read more...]

A Child in the Arms of God

Each night, as I put my daughter to sleep there is a moment when she relaxes herself into my arms.  She has given up all resistance and is ready to simply trust and be held.It is this attitude that we should seek in our prayer--a complete rest in the arms of God.  Today, spend 20 minutes in silence, imagining that you are a child completely relaxed into the arms of God.  Let go of all of your struggles and simply rest there. … [Read more...]


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