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“Yet Jesus wants to speak healing in our lives.  He wants to help us experience the world in a bigger, more textured, and, yes, messier way.  So how might we be opened …”

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Some dioceses reevaluate Covid precautions following CDC guidance on Delta variant

These changes in CDC recommendations, and in mine to you, are the result of what we are learning about the Delta variant of the virus, which is clearly more transmissible than previous variants.  There is also evidence that vaccinated people can contract and spread the Delta variant, whether they have symptoms or not.  Wearing masks protects the wearer as it protects others. It is important that we live our faith in concrete action by wearing masks.  It is a small sacrifice for the sake of life. – Bishop Goff, Diocese of Virginia

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Faith To Go: Perplexed and Listening

The Rev. Hannah Wilder joins to discuss the story of John the Baptizer’s death at the hands of King Herod from this week’s gospel, the implications for our spiritual lives, and what conversations at home will be like based on these gospel themes.

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Speaking to the Soul

“Be opened!”

“Yet Jesus wants to speak healing in our lives.  He wants to help us experience the world in a bigger, more textured, and, yes, messier way.  So how might we be opened …”

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All for One

“It strikes me anew every time I read the line about being chosen by God before time. Because much of the Christian thought that seems to dominate these days, that we see even in commercials on TV, starts from the other direction—it emphasizes that our relationship with God starts with our personal decision.”

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Casting in

It is not enough to cast out. She needs someone to cast in: to cast in hope, to cast in love, to cast in a spirit of peace, to see her for who she is: beloved child.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Early Mornings

“My eyes focus on the purple petunias before me, their color illuminated against the blue sky. I watch the leaves dance to the wind’s movement and with each bird song emanating from the trees, I feel my spirit linger in rest.”

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Some dioceses reevaluate Covid precautions following CDC guidance on Delta variant

These changes in CDC recommendations, and in mine to you, are the result of what we are learning about the Delta variant of the virus, which is clearly more transmissible than previous variants.  There is also evidence that vaccinated people can contract and spread the Delta variant, whether they have symptoms or not.  Wearing masks protects the wearer as it protects others. It is important that we live our faith in concrete action by wearing masks.  It is a small sacrifice for the sake of life. – Bishop Goff, Diocese of Virginia

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Baptism without the Church by Charlotte Dalwood

Some—perhaps even most—baptized Christians might find the sacrament’s irreversibility reassuring, a source of hope during the darkest hours of the night. Nothing they do, nothing done to them, will ever separate them from Christ, into whose death and resurrection they were baptized. Nor will anything separate them from Christ’s body—the Church universal—of which the baptized are individual members.

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A Shipwrecked Faith | 1 Timothy 1:18-19 by The Rev. Dr. Nicole Foster

Imagine surviving a shipwreck. Imagine yourself feeling the fear of seeing the waves break apart pieces of ship, along with the sensation of sinking, of panic, and of gasping for air. Imagine losing not only your belongings, but also watching other people fight for their lives. Imagine nearly drowning, being washed ashore, or being rescued with barely an ounce of strength left. You’re traumatized, weather-beaten, and exhausted to the point of semi-consciousness.

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Deacons and Social Ministry: advocating, preaching, teaching, nagging, nurturing

Few have had a closer view of the ministry’s evolution than Sister Pamela Clare Magers of the Community of St. Francis, who has worked at the School for Deacons in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1982 and started teaching a course on “contemporary social issues” in 1984. Prior to the introduction of that course, the curriculum for the school focused on the educational topics required of priests, and the liturgical role of deacons serving at the altar.

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 Connections in Travel

I love these lines from a Prayer for Travel: “Lord, as I set off on my travels, I pray that You would be with me and remain close to me as my travel companion as I go on this journey, just as You walked with Your two disciples along the road after Your glorious resurrection. Fill my heart with Your peace and joy, and remove any anxious thoughts, I pray. Guide me Father, and keep me safe throughout my travels, even when I am passing through rough and difficult terrain.” When I was 15 and unpacking mementos from a souvenir shop, I never expected such resonant and recurring spiritual relationship. As it turns out, they were never alone, nor was I.

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