Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
The end of the liturgical year, the anything-but-quiet waiting weeks of Advent filled with the tug between the contemplative and commercial, the awesome birth of Christ in hearts anew on Christmas night, the first day of the brand new year and the World Day of Peace. . . . There has always been something almost magical about the turn of the year. Children with their excited hope for what Christmas morn will bring and cloistered nuns with their contemplative immersion in the mystery of all Christmas is — and everyone in between — are swept up by something fresh and exciting and innocent in these weeks.
I've been thinking about how much we need this gift particularly at this time, this year. Our hearts have been so beaten and tainted by the mainstreaming of aggressive and violent language. It has infiltrated our hearts and minds through social and news media on our computers and television screens. Then like an unwanted blot of dark ink it has soaked into our conversations and relationships and thoughts and desires and dreams....
How can I keep a deep spiritual sensitivity of mind and heart so that I live as a citizen of heaven while yet on this Earth? (Philippians 3:20) The ancient practice of cleansing our thoughts holds a key. This is how I've started practicing this watchfulness in these end-of-year weeks.
God's Promise: "I am acting"
How not to become an "injustice collector"
How good it is to be marooned on "unsure ground"
I want conversion, not a new normal
The Quiet Eye of the Heart - Reflection after the death of Mr George Floyd
Surviving Depression - A Marian Devotional (Mary at the Cross)
Coronavirus: The important shift is what happens within
Surviving Depression - A Marian Devotional (Wedding at Cana)
Surviving Depression - A Marian Devotional (The Nativity)
Celebrating Easter when the world is turned upside-down - Easter in a pandemic
Jesus wants to wash your feet
Surviving Depression - A Marian Devotional (The Visitation)
All Shall Be Well
God also tells us to "shelter in place" within our hearts
Surviving Depression - A Marian Devotional (The Annunciation)
Surviving Depression - A Marian Devotional (Introduction)
The Miracle of Recreation
Guided Prayer for Healing Memories
A Powerful Practice to Melt Away Negativity
New perspectives on our lives in 2020
The Bible Recap
Joel Osteen Podcast
Fr. Larry Richards of The Reason For Our Hope Foundation Podcast
Joyce Meyer Radio Podcast
Timothy Keller Sermons Podcast by Gospel in Life