Boston Bombing: In Times of Crisis

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Prayers for the people of Boston and for all of us…  Having lived for a time in the Middle East, I have passing familiarity with the impact that this behavior has on a nation and its citizens. The impact is chilling and brutalizing. We will need to look deep within ourselves to listen for the still small voice that is the word of God to us in difficult times. God give us grace, courage, and compassion in a balance that is forever at risk in this environment. Pause. Find moments of … [Read more...]

The Unspoken Prayer

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Formulas and language are so much at the forefront of our conversation about prayer, that the mystery of a conversation with the living God is all but lost.  Add our preoccupation with intercession and petition and the mystery disappears completely.  God has become like a stranger --- accosted on the sidewalk --- forced into our homes without prelude or introduction, without relationship or experience, gang-pressed into service, meeting our needs. Don’t get me wrong. I am not opposed … [Read more...]

True Silence

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  Silence, true silence Is not just about the absence of sound.   That, in fact, is hard, If not impossible To attain.   It is about the silence of the heart, A laying to rest, Of self absorption And justification ---   Of malice And hubris --- Of the constant chatter We suppose is grand,   Framing our claims To virtue, Independence, Superiority, And control.   It is a silence That … [Read more...]

Life Prayers

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In our search for spiritual direction we often look for the exceptional and the extraordinary.  That is understandable, particularly in an increasingly materialistic world where what is most real is what we can sense --- see, feel, hear, touch, and smell.  It is also understandable, given our tendency to think of that world as a world devoid of God’s presence. Far too often we assume that if God does exist, God likely lurks just beyond the last material reality that we have discovered and … [Read more...]

Mary, Men, and Women

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Poor Mary. It’s not like being the Christ bearer wasn’t hard enough.  She has to tolerate our deeply mixed motives for loving her. For men, among others, it’s the need of a mother.  For women she’s a rallying point for women’s rights and empowerment. There are arguments to be made for both points of view, but she was and is so much more. There’s not a lot to go on in the Gospels and it’s hard to know how much another version of projected needs were already at work in … [Read more...]

The Embodiment of Prayer: Joe Cajero

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Sculptor Joe Cajero was raised on the Jemez pueblo in New Mexico and his work is informed by his Pueblo religion.  Here is how he describes his work, which he calls “The Embodiment of Prayer”: My creative energy is often spiritual in nature.  Each of my sculptures invariably represents some aspect of praise and appreciation for life’s beauty, ebb and flow.  “The Embodiment of Prayer” is a created image that specifically captures what is a reflection of my spirituality.  Since my … [Read more...]


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