Thoughts on Lent 13: Clarity of Mind

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My vocation happens to be that of a writer, though every person's vocation requires clarity of mind. In my case clarity of mind drives the pen. What does it drive in your case? If your mind is cluttered as a writer your words will be tedious and often superfluous. If your mind is cluttered in any vocation, you will feel like you are walking in circles.Whether in my vocation or yours (do you know what your vocation is?), unhealthy dependence upon social media in its various forms carries the … [Read more...]

My Walk with the Beatles: Thoughts on Lent 12

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One of my goals during this season of Lent is to work on my interior landscape, which sometimes means getting out of my head. I go to the YMCA. I take my iPod Shuffle on which I have compiled a rousing playlist from the Beatles who do a very good job of starting me slow and elevating the pace incrementally. They talk me through things. They work it through with me and  help me land on the place where, baby, I can drive my car.Hear is a glimpse into a typical conversation:They say, … [Read more...]

Will You Come, Lord, to My Boat? A Celtic Prayer: Thoughts on Lent 11

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 A Celtic prayer is attributed to the 10th-century Irish king, Cormac mac Cuileannáin.  Will You steer my frail black bark O'er the dark broad ocean's foam? Will You come, Lord to my boat? Where afloat, my will would roam? Yours the mighty, Yours the small, Your to make men fall like rain. God, will You grant aid to me as I come o'er the upheaving main? (This version is adapted from The Story of the Irish Race, by Seamus MacManus.) Go here to read a Celtic Prayer for Prot … [Read more...]

Still Missing: MH370 ~ Thoughts on Lent 10

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By Wendy MurrayHaving received no confirmation of wreckage and no other corroborating evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flt 370 crashed, it has been a week now since the Boeing 777 "vanished."Things may yet take a turn: a floating seat cushion may turn up or radar may pick up the muted pinging of the black box. Then we will know. Until then, we ponder.How often in a person's lifetime is one confronted with a fundamental metaphysical question: Can we accept a universe that breaks its … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 8: Read Well, and with a Notebook

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By Wendy MurrayI write in notebooks meaningful passages from books I read. I have volumes of these notebooks that include passages from the works of large-souled thinkers and dreamers, including George MacDonald, Thomas Merton, Albert Camus, Frederick Buechner, Annie Dillard, Isak Dinesen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Donne, William Shakespeare, Francis de Sales, Henri Nouwen, James Merrill, G. K. Chesterton, St. Augustine, Anthony Trollope, William Maxwell, Willa Cather, E. M. Forester, Graham … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 7: Let My Soul Cling to You

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A prayer from Saint Augustine of Hippo from ConfessionsLet the ears of my heart move close to Your lips and let me listen to you, who are the Truth, so that you may tell me why tears are sweet to the sorrowful.How can it be that there is sweetness in the fruit we pluck from the bitter crop of life?For wherever the soul of man may turn, unless it turns to You, it clasps sorrow. Even though it clings to things of beauty, if their beauty is outside God and outside the soul, it clings … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 3 : Beautiful God-spark Joy

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A note to readers: This is an usual post but one for which I hope readers will stop their day. The video below is the final portion of Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th symphony, his last. It is the portion commonly referred to as the "Ode to Joy," words Beethoven appropriated from the poem of the same name,  "An die Freude," by Friedrich Schiller. I invite readers to take time to read the English translation of the lyrics posted under the video itself (they are not the same words of the well-known hy … [Read more...]


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