Begin and End

As you go about your day, begin each task with a short prayer and end each task with thanksgiving.  For instance when you go to check your email pray that the peace of God will be with you in your correspondence and after you close your email thank God being present.  This is a way of becoming conscious of our dependence on grace as well as a way to be present in each of our activities. … [Read more...]

The Daily Examine

The Daily Examine is one of the key aspects of St. Ignatius of Loyola's classic spiritual exercises.  Using this daily examine at the close of every day is a wonderful way to offer our day to God, work through any problems the day presented, and prepare for the next day.There are five steps to The Daily Examine.  We recommend you practice this while sitting quietly in a straight-backed chair for the best focus.1. Become aware of the presence of God: Light a candle, say a short prayer, b … [Read more...]

From Head to Toe

Lie down on the ground and relax your body.  Invite the spirit of God to come into each part of you, working from your head to your toes and back again praying, "Come, Holy Spirit." … [Read more...]

Ask This Question

Sometimes our own perceptions are skewed, we can't always evaluate ourselves.  From time to time we need to check in with our friends and family to help us see where we are.  Today is one of those days and the question at hand is what kind of good news have you have shared.  Ask it on Facebook or in person, but ask it--"what good news have I told you verbally or through my actions." … [Read more...]

Take Delight

Today, savor the world.  Put your attention toward enjoying the people you encounter, the activities you do, the serendipities that come.  Take a walk in the woods and delight in the incredible creation.  The world is full of delightful things; the Sabbath is a day to really savor them. … [Read more...]

Pre-Read

Tomorrow churches that use the Revised Common Lectionary will read Mark 12:38-44 and most likely hear a sermon on it.  Too often we don't have time to really reflect on the Gospel read on Sunday.  We hear it quickly and don't have time to process it.  Today, read the  Gospel reading for this Sunday and reflect on it.  Use as many different angles to get to the passage as possible.  Write a poem on the passage, paint a picture of it, try to write your own sermon--use whatever method helps you ente … [Read more...]

Friday Fast

Fast from all food and caloric drinks until 5 PM.  Remember that a fast is not something that is meant to weaken us but is rather intended to bring us strength.  Just as lifting weights tears down muscle and makes them temporarily weaker, when we recover from the stress of the lift we are stronger.  It is the same with fasting.  Writer Dallas Willard has pointed out that when Jesus faced Satan in the desert after a forty day fast it wasn't because Jesus was weak--God had been strengthening him to … [Read more...]

Where Did it Come From?

Today, pay attention to everything you buy or consume.  Do research on just five of those items and go as deep as you can to trace where it comes from.  For instance, if you buy a shirt and you see it is made by Gap in Vietnam, find out as much as possible about the garment industry in Vietnam.  Hold whatever it is you bought and pray for those who made it.  Pray for forgiveness for the injustices that came in bringing that product to you.  And most importantly, find a way to either not change th … [Read more...]

Read the News

Today is a day filled with news, with analysis, with wondering at what the election will mean.  But this news isn't of great consequence in the midst of the much more important news of the Gospel.  Today instead of spending too much time obsessing with the news of the day, read the news that really matters--pick one of the Gospels and read from it.  What does the news of Christ's coming, Christ's love, Christ's death and resurrection mean?  What difference will this news make? … [Read more...]

The Most Important Thing You’ll Do Today

No, it is not voting.  Vote if you like, but Christians need to keep such actions in perspective and not get caught up in pseudo-salvations. We have a duty, as theologian Stanley Hauerwas recently said, not to take voting too seriously.  Instead as an act of allegiance and reorientation take part in communion with other Christians.  Throughout the country churches are holding communion to mark our true identity as Christ's people.  Find a Eucharist near you here: … [Read more...]


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