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April 30 Devotional

Christian life is ultimately this yielding to what God is doing in us through the Spirit of Christ. It is the Spirit’s activity, yet, in a mysterious way, it is also truly our own. ("The Journey Within" by Kathryn J. Hermes)...

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February 15 Devotional

After prayer, the church needs to teach people what I call “the weeping mode.” Weeping is different from beating up on ourselves. Weeping is a gentle release of water that washes, baptizes, and renews. Weeping leads to owning our complicity in the problem. Weeping is the opposite of blaming and also the opposite of denying. It leads to deep healing when inspired by the...

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February 20 Devotional

I think a Christian is one who, along with Jesus, agrees to feel, to suffer the pain of the world. But we can’t stop there. Tears come just as much with happiness. When it is an unearned happiness, when we know we did not deserve this goodness, we lose words. Tears are our only response. We perhaps have two eyes because reality is stereoscopic. When we see it fully, we h...

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April 27 Devotional

The real question is “What does this have to say to me?” Those who are totally converted come to every experience and ask not whether or not they liked it, but what does it have to teach them. “What’s the message in this for me? What’s the gift in this for me? How is God in this event? Where is God in this suffering?” ("Everything Belongs" by Richard Rohr)...

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April 28 Devotional

Tend only to the birth in you and you will find all goodness and consolation, all delight, all being and all truth. Reject it and you reject goodness and blessing. What comes to you in this birth brings with it pure being and blessing. But that you seek or love outside of this birth will come to nothing, no matter what you will or where you will it. - Meister Eckhart...

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April 29 Devotional

We desperately need men and women at our side who have disciplined their minds to think God: who God is and what he is doing in and among us; what it means to be created and chosen by God and how we get in on what he intends for us. ("The Wisdom of Another" by Eugene Peterson)...

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April 26 Devotional

Spiritual direction is a conversation with another in which we share our life, our experience of prayer, the movement of the Spirit within us. As the other person listens, prays with us, and points out certain things we may not have noticed, we become more attentive and responsive to the Spirit’s action in our life. He or she also helps us pay attention to God as he acti...

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April 25 Devotional

Let us never be mistaken about one thing: Jesus only comes to us on his terms, not our own. We can never demand, control, or manipulate him - although we constantly try. Even though the incarnation proves that he is the God who comes, he does so on our turf, but only on his terms. He is the one in control and he will not give that up. We, therefore, cannot demand that God ...

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April 23 Devotional

The universe is dancing. And the smallest bit of matter knows, unerringly and interiorly, the dance. Let there be no more talk of flashing signal lights. No more solitary figures sending out messages in quantum bottles to be picked up light years later on some distant star. No more cumbersome cosmic intelligence network dependent on the measurable flight of photons. The ti...

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April 22 Devotional

Keep risking that your heart’s desire is trustworthy. There is always another, deeper step you can take toward more complete trust, a more all-encompassing possibility of love. It will be this way until consecration becomes as ordinary and natural as breathing, until every act of every day is simply sacred, until there is no more separation of life from prayer, until eac...

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April 21 Devotional

Lord God, may your presence, your Spirit, and your glory cause a celebration to rise up from deep in our hearts. May we dance before you this day with all our might, whatever that may look like. Amen. ...

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April 20 Devotional

What is serious to men is often very trivial in the sight of God. What in God might appear to us as “play” is perhaps what He Himself takes most seriously. At any rate the Lord plays and diverts Himself in the garden of His creation, and if we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His call and follow Him...

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April 19 Devotional

The cosmic dance of the universe is perhaps best articulated in the last three paragraphs of New Seeds of Contemplation, Merton’s most popular and best-loved book. The basic image is a favorite of the mystics, the image of God as bridegroom dancing with his bride, that is, all of creation, at a wedding feast. How often we’ve seen at a wedding reception the bridegroom w...

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April 17 Devotional

If nothing else you have to admire Peter’s willingness. I mean, at least he desired to step out of the boat and move toward Jesus - and dared to do so. It was not an easy step, to say the least. The step into deep waters never is. It requires a lot. Jesus was asking Peter to leave the security of the boat and his friends and his old life and ways, and to join him in a to...

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April 16 Devotional

Jesus tests our limits and invites us to go out into the deep, far from the secure shores of large savings accounts, comfortable routines, familiar places and situations. There have been many times when I felt overwhelmed by work and family responsibilities, There have been times when I felt depressed, wanting to escape to the comfort of home or to the security of familiar...

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April 15 Devotional

There is a flame within us, started and sustained by God’s Spirit, which we are required to tend. It is the part of us that burns for God, for intimacy with him, and for his Kingdom to be revealed in this world. In some this fire is a raging inferno. In fact, it is so real and so present that if you get within a certain proximity of these people you will be warmed by the...

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April 14 Devotional

When the soul is occupied with looking away from present trials into the face of Christ, and making this a regular and passionate occupation, this soul will become more tranquil and still, and therefore more able to reflect the Being it adores. This reflected glory will enable us to love our neighbor as ourselves. - Marian Scheele...

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April 13 Devotional

Looking for Jesus is an undertaking fraught with danger. As I intimated earlier, the closer you get to finding him, the higher the stakes become. He is no mere passive object to be circled and appraised like a piece of sculpture. You look at him and he looks back. You may begin the search for Jesus with your own agenda, but be warned: he has one too. As the disciples disco...

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April 12 Devotional

Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and choose what better leads to God’s deepening His life in me. - St. Ignatius...

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April 11 Devotional

We thank You that You have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death, and brought us into the Kingdom of Your Son: Grant we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joy. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)...

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April 10 Devotional

Do you ever find yourself trying to do that? Trying to justify your existence? When I read this phrase the other day, it simply stopped me in my tracks. Because I do that all the time. In fact, most of the things I do in my life are nothing more than feeble attempts to justify my own existence. It reminds me of a line from that old classic movie Chariots of Fire where one ...

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April 9 Devotional

What does resurrection look like for us, this side of heaven? What should we expect? What should we hope for? And how should we expect it to unfold? My guess is that if we’ve learned anything at all these last few weeks from the stories of the resurrection in scripture, it is to expect the unexpected. But I keep wondering, what does resurrection look like in our present ...

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April 8 Devotional

Your blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of the bread: Open the eyes of our faith, we pray, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)...

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April 7 Devotional

By the glorious resurrection of Your Divine Son, You destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)...

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April 6 Devotional

Your most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory but first he was crucified: Grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)...

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April 5 Devotional

What was it like in that dark tomb Jesus? What exactly happened when light suddenly broke into the darkness and brought you to life once again? Did the mouth of God come down from heaven and breathe the breath of life into your lifeless body? Or did He reach down with His life-giving hands and brush the death from you as one would wipe sleep from the eyes of a child? Or wa...

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April 4 Devotional

The more we lack everything the more we resemble Jesus crucified. The more we cling to the cross, the closer do we embrace Jesus who is nailed to it. Every cross is a gain, for every cross unites us to Jesus. - Charles de Foucauld...

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April 3 Devotional

Reflect carefully on this, for it is so important that I can hardly lay too much stress on it. Fix your eyes on the Crucified and nothing else will be of much importance to you. If his Majesty revealed his love to us by doing and suffering such amazing things, how can you expect to please him by words alone? (Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila)...

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April 2 Devotional

Try to imagine the scene. You are sitting at the table with Jesus and his friends on the night before he died. A confusing sorrow overshadows you. Yet a mysterious hope has settled in your heart. Suddenly Jesus is standing in front of you. He looks into your eyes and immediately you are filled with an awareness of your tremendous worth....

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April 1 Devotional

The cross is an invitation; each person must say yes. No one becomes a disciple without saying yes to Jesus taking us, blessing us, breaking us open, and passing us around. - Edward J. Farrell...

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