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The Prayer of Hannah

“Here in the story of Hannah, we see how this God who performs the great reversal on the worldly fate of us creatures has been doing so not just since Jesus’ time, but since the early days of Jewish history. And try as I might to convince myself otherwise, I know that I am one who Hannah describes as ‘full.'”

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Backpacking with Teresa

“To many of us, who nowadays so often feel trapped indoors, and who often use our weekends to flee the cities and flock to the outdoors, the idea of retreating indoors to find God might seem less appealing. I wonder, then, if we can honor St. Teresa on her feast day by extending her vision of God to the outer world, and envisioning the soul’s journey on a spiritual pilgrimage of a backpacking trip?”

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Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen is a saint full of contradictions. Despite being known primarily for her writings, some of which were quite intellectual, Hildegard was all about embodiment in the world of God’s creation.

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The “Armor of Light”?

“Instead, though I find Paul’s language misses the mark of what our Christian vocation is truly about, I turn to the Gospels and find hope in Jesus’ message. This Sunday’s message makes it clear that the life lived while following Jesus is not one of militaristic force and power, but rather one that is freely given, and freely accepted.”

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Perceiving God in Action

“The thing is, if we are offspring of a living God in Whom we live and move and have our being, then we should be able to be very concrete and clear about where we see God moving in the world around us. In our parish life, for sure, but also in the world at large; we should not be able to pick up a newspaper without seeing God at work in its pages.”

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Unexpected Wonder

“But that’s the thing about critics of those of us who point to the gaps in our knowledge as places to discover God: they miss out on the wonder, the awe, the wide-eyed stare of an inquiring child that we all can embody if we only allow ourselves to be inspired and amazed and blown away by the awesome power of God’s creation.”

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Abide in Him

“I’ll admit it wasn’t until after becoming Christian that I truly began to examine the structural evils of the present day, and how Christianity has played a part in them. But by then, something had changed in me: Christianity was my home.”

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Seeking God’s Friendship (Not Purgation)

“But what we actually desire from a friend isn’t to be purged of the undesirable parts of ourselves. What we truly desire is to be accepted and loved; and this same desire shows itself in the actual longings of the psalmist.”

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