What God Has Given

Look for and recognize the gifts God has given to others Marvel in them Celebrate themBe humble in your own gifts and center your praise to God on the gifts of the people you have had the fortune to call friends, brothers, and sisters in Christ.Write a note to someone whose gifts you admire Join them in giving thanks to God _________________________________________________________Why Pray? by Ben Myers … [Read more...]

New Year’s Rule

Order your life--put the principles and practices of your spiritual life into a kind of contract.The monastics called this a rule of life.The Rule of St. Benedict is a foundational rule, but there are many simpler ones.Consider using "The Soul WOD Rule of Life" as a template, but add in what you think necessary for your development in Christlikeness over the next year.Think about what specific practices might help you overcome or develop more fully areas where you are lacking … [Read more...]

Jesus Prayer

Sit and breathe through your nose Seek to be conscious of every breathOnce you feel conscious of every breath, say "Lord Jesus Christ Son of God" as you inhale and "have mercy on me a sinner" as you exhaleTry to practice this for at least 10 minutesGo throughout your day and return as often as possible to this prayer__________________________________________________________________The "Jesus Prayer" … [Read more...]

Fast

In addition to fasting from food fast from media don't look at magazines don't watch movies or T.V. don't listen to the radio resist anything that works to manipulate your desiresWhenever you do encounter something that elicits a want or desire write it down In the evening review the list consider how each desire fits with your formation into Christlikeness … [Read more...]

Wise and Innocent

Read Matthew 10:16-22How can we be wise as serpents and innocent as doves? Think about historic examples, people in your own life, or figures from literature who represent this paradigm.What can we learn from them?______________________Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot … [Read more...]

Evening Sit

In the evening sit in a straight backed chair Replay your day Think about where God was presentGive thanks … [Read more...]

Obedience

"Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments." John 2:3Do we know Him? Do we obey? Why or why not?Spend 20 minutes in reflection on these questions. … [Read more...]

St. Stephen

Lectio Divina:Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60Practice Lectio with at least one other person if possible _____________________________An Introduction to Lectio Divina … [Read more...]

Feast of the Nativity

Savor _____________________"Feasting as a Fine Art" by Robert Farrar Capon … [Read more...]

Shepherds

The first witnesses to the birth of Christ outside of the holy family were the shepherds. Why shepherds? We can't know, but we do know that they certainly weren't the powerful, the educated, the people trained to handle such messages.Today, pray that you will see the shepherds around you. Look for those unexpected people who are receiving God's message of peace and salvation--follow them to the newborn king.Try going on a walk in an area you wouldn't normally go (or dare to go) and look for … [Read more...]


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