I have many critiques of Facebook, but one of my favorite features is the "Memories" tab. Ten years ago, I was going through a very difficult time. I actually enjoy reading my posts from those days, because I can see in retrospect how God was present throughout.
Ten years ago today, I was visiting Wisconsin. My siblings and I decided to take a pilgrimage to Holy Hill, a 24-mile hike from our parents' house.
We arrived very sore... and exactly five minutes after the basilica closed for the day!
A frat house was holding an outdoor party next to the church today. The music was loud, overpowering the reverent silence of our sanctuary.
Many folks had difficulty paying attention during Mass. My own mind kept getting pulled by pulsating music into worldly concerns. But we kept praying, and we obeyed the Lord's command to take and eat and drink together in memory of his death and rising.
And God accepted our meager sacrifices and smiled upon our assembly.
Khaled Beydoun is tweeting the stories of the Christchurch mosque members who lost their lives this week. My spiritual practice today is to say their names, read their stories, and say a prayer for each of them. https://twitter.com/KhaledBeydoun/status/1106746726864637952
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This is pretty much me and my cat Louie every day.
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Improvising a scene at the Glee Club Retreat (2006)
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My grandmother pitching to my youngest cousin at my brother's graduation (2005)
Cool tip from the Lenten devotional I'm using (The Little Black Book): "One way to pray the Scripture is to 'take someone with you' and talk with them along the way. For example, Mary Magdalene, or Peter, or Mary the mother of Jesus."
I love this possibility for relating to the saints-- inviting them along for a reading.
Today's prompt is on prepared meals! Here's a favorite vegatarian recipe for lentil soup (scroll to the bottom for the actual recipe). https://www.recipetineats.com/lentil-soup/ I made it yesterday, adding some green chilies for even more heat.
Reposting and pinning this for easy reference https://www.scnj.org/images/justicepeace/Savoring_Lent_2019.pdf
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My grandmother broke her shoulder this morning and is in the hospital.
She is 100, so these breaks can be intense.
Would appreciate your prayers.
@jimrobinson I mix it up, too :)
My most common form is "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." As I mentioned, the sinner part is helpful in connecting my awareness of sin to Jesus's mercy having the last word.
I also often use Ware's pluralized version.
Another favorite: "Jesus, remember me" or "Jesus, remember us." Often this ends up turning into an inner singing of the beautiful Taizé arrangement.
The administrator of the monastery.social instance as we get things started. Theology grad student.
A progressive, intentional, and contemplative Christian community is coming in several months!