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Miracles Always Fascinate, But Would You Be Convinced?

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Miracles Always Fascinate, But Would You Be Convinced?

Miracles always fascinate me, although the Doubting Thomas in me flashes like a neon sign when I read of them. The miracle below melted the stubborn toughness that still clings to the edges of my soul’s robe. I’m not sure why I find myself drawn to images or stories of mules over the past few years. I almost bought an original oil painting by Linda Sasse at the ArtsQuest festival a few years ago. If memory serves me well, it was in pastel colors and featured three mules. I couldn’t figure out where I’d put it in my...

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Trust, talking to God, and the Gift of Tears

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  I’m off to tell more stories from my book at the Coastal Library in Santa Rosa Beach, FL today at 10 a.m. including the little-known spiritual gift of tears. Crossing my fingers for an audience, however small. One of the topics in the book and in my talk is the gift of tears. I address this topic for two reasons. I was confused by spiritual tears falling effortlessly without reddening of the eyes. I’d never heard of the gift of tears, and I’m fairly well-read on spirituality, contemplation, and numerous Catholic...

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Fog is one place I feel the Mystery of God most closely

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Fog is one place I feel the Mystery of God most closely

Fog has always felt mysterious and magical to me. It makes me happy, perhaps because with my active mind, the limits to visibility create welcome relief, a forced respite.  The first time I visited the state of Washington, it was covered in fog. As I was driven along the highway, my friend, Rachelle, would say, “Right over there you usually can see a brilliant view of Mt Rainier.” No sense pouting. I looked to my right and saw white. I tried to imagine the mountain in my mind’s eye. I gave up and released a feeling of...

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Prayer therapy from Nike when you procrastinate about your relationship with God

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Prayer therapy from Nike when you procrastinate about your relationship with God

Prayer isn’t easy. Until you have some help or practice. If you’ve been having trouble prioritizing time for God in your busy life, I have a few solutions, one of them from Nike of all places. We all have weak spots. One of mine is my ankle. It turned outward during a tennis game years ago and has been weak ever since. With no warning or provocation, it decided to turn outward again three months ago while I was carrying my granddaughter. I managed to stagger-step enough to prevent either of us from falling, but twisted my knee in...

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Grace gets unearthed and stirs my soul.

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Grace gets unearthed and stirs my soul.

Grace gets unearthed at odd moments.  Do you notice when something’s dying? Landscapers noticed a patch of turf on the grounds of our townhome that was dying. Because they saw the dying and cared about the living, they searched and uncovered a broken pipe hidden beneath the surface and repaired it. They didn’t just patch it with new sod. They cared enough to dig underneath to see what was causing the grass to die. I respect people who care enough to dig in and see what’s going on when something doesn’t look quite...

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Close your eyes so your heart can see you becoming

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A new year presses to be born. Who am I becoming? Find your place and close your eyes, so your heart can start to see. When you give up being self-absorbed, your being becomes a great community.  — Rumi translated by Coleman Barks in Soul Fury New Year’s Eve is our day to review past years event, make a list of all that transpired this year. We review the goals we’d set and make new ones for the year to come. And we rest. Review. Renew. Rest. It’s a good way to bring an end to a full year of transitions and...

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In a Fog: A Reflection on Christ with Us

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In a Fog: A Reflection on Christ with Us

In a Fog: A Reflection on Christ with Us   It began with translucent wisps of smokiness over the fields. As we drove, it hovered close to the ground the way pelicans’ outstretched wings almost touch the waters over which they fly. The road climbed and dipped. Each time we could see a new field along the side of the road, the fog seemed in preparation for a long night’s sleep. Over some fields, two layers could be seen stacked like bunk beds. The car drifted through its ghostly essence which hung above the road in ribbons. The effect of...

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Do you ever struggle with Centering Prayer?

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Do you ever struggle with Centering Prayer?

Do you ever struggle with centering prayer, wishing your “yes” to God’s presence would be more authentic than lasting a few minutes? Do your worry that you are betraying your “yes” with future failings? Do you want your yes to be so authentic and real that there’s no room for any sin or failures? If there’s no room in your life for future shortcomings, then why would you need to call upon God to help you? The fact that you worry about being authentic shows, in fact, your desire to be authentic. Our intention to sit in God’s presence and...

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What has to be said about Advent.

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What has to be said about Advent.

What has to be said about Advent is it’s never gonna be what we expect. We have no idea what to expect. We can’t even conceive of what heaven is like, or the Messiah, or the real presents of this holy season – not the ones under the tree. How can we know Advent or God?   At first, it won’t be obvious. You know how you look for your keys and they’re right in front of you, or your glasses and they’re on top of your head? Or your phone and you’re talking into it? Advent is like that. It’s supposed to be a quiet time of...

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Helen Keller Shines Inspiration in Darkness

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Helen Keller Shines Inspiration in Darkness

On down days, self-doubting days, low biorhythm days… I find inspiration thinking about Helen Keller and what obstacles she overcame to make something out of her sad and silent life. It still amazes me that someone who could not see, who was left unstimulated, of whom no expectations were made, could have learned words, pronunciations (without the ability to hear), and then to go on to become a public speaker before large audiences whom she would never see and trust that the sounds she was making were discernible (since she...

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