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From My Reading

“Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day (1897–1980) was fond of citing Catherine [of Sienna’s] inspiration in her own reflections, often writing “All the way to heaven is heaven.”  I’d also add “It’s hell all the way to hell.” You’re choosing your … Continue reading

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“Living a spiritual life requires a change of heart, a conversion. Such a conversion may be marked by a sudden inner change, or it can take place through a long, quiet process of transformation. But it always involves an inner … Continue reading

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“When I have no eyes for the small signs of God’s presence – the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends – I will always remain tempted … Continue reading

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Continual Renewal – The Renovare Way to Discipleship (Part 3)

This post is part 3 in a series based on the Renovare organization’s covenant and “best practices” – which are six Common Disciplines drawn from the six Traditions of Christianity explored in Richard Foster’s book, Streams of Living Water. (Find earlier … Continue reading

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“In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds” (Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey). ♦   ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦ … Continue reading

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“There is nothing wrong with churches wanting to be culturally relevant.  But are gimmicks going to bring young people back to church?  Is that what people really hunger for?  I think the younger generation sees through what is slick and … Continue reading

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Becoming Prepared

Lately, I have had several dreams about organizing and preparing for a teaching assignment, a presentation or an event. In the dreams, I’m recruiting volunteers or creating an agenda or writing PR material or lining up a venue or outlining … Continue reading

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“The great temptation is to keep blaming those who were closest to us for our present condition saying: “You made me who I am now, and I hate who I am.” The great challenge is to acknowledge our hurts and … Continue reading

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