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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). recipetineats.com/lentil-soup/ I made it yesterday, adding some green chilies for even more heat.

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The Jesus Prayer reminds me that my sinfulness does not have the last word.

Sometimes, my negativity toward myself starts with a healthy desire to repent but gets stuck there and twists me toward self-involvement rather than grace.

Jesus's mercy lets me remember that I am made in the image of God.

One thing that brings me joy is long-time friendship. I am grateful to the folks who know me from various phases of life and who continue to delight me with wisdom and insight after years of conversation. In many cases, the strongest friends are those who differ from me in rather significant ways, but who share a similar thirst for the journey. I thank God for them.

I'm thinking about family members, mentors who got me started in theology, inspiring colleagues, and (of course) @Julian

Today's reflection from the "Savoring Lent" resource shared by @jimrobinson : "International Women’s Day. Sit quietly and savor the memory of the women who have been life-
givers to you. Don’t forget Mother Earth! How can you show your gratitude to them?"

Lenten Disciplines Show more

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So, I'm thinking another opportunity for expanding this sleepy monastery would be some sort of common discipline during Lent. Perhaps we could find somebody to take leadership of a day of the week and then give a distinctive offering for spiritual enrichment on that day (a question, reflection, practice, or piece of art for other members to interact with). What do you think?

Who has prayer requests to share for this week?

We have a number of college instructors in this virtual monastery. Let's keep all teachers and students in our prayers as a new semester begins!

One of my major temptations in prayer is self-centeredness, so I try to seek out practices that take me outside of myself. Leaving my apartment and focusing my mind on Jesus Christ through walking prayer. Praying the liturgy of the hours to discipline my prayer according to the needs of the world.

I usually do this when out-and-about, walking in my neighborhood on my way to the train station, running errands, or just enjoying the area.

My main contemplative practice is the use of the Jesus Prayer while walking. I've found that I have difficulty with centering prayer or meditation when staying in one place, but the use of a focusing mantra while walking helps me center myself in God's presence.

I'm spending Christmas Eve alone for the first time in my life. It's tough, but it's worth it because @Julian is doing fantastic work as a chaplain tonight. Tonight, pray in a special way for all who work over Christmas and their families.

(For those we can see this who are outside of the monastery.social instance: you're invited to join this practice, too!)

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