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Category: Speaking to the Soul

Notes of Love

God sends us love notes each and every day. “Every moment of our lives. Reminding us we have been called and loved and filled with God’s word.”

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Can We Go Home Again?

“Even stepping back from the passionate relationship most of us have with him, Jesus is a man being falsely accused. That is what bearing false witness is all about. Not just lying about someone, but invoking a preconceived judgement based on convention or personal likes and dislikes.”

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Fishers of People

“That’s why authenticity is important. That’s why telling our stories is important. That’s why, in our churches, it’s so important to work through our conflicts and set aside petty ego-issues in the service of loving one another. We are the beloved community.”

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Conversion of St Paul

“It is little doubt that the teachings of Paul have had an impact on Christianity, second only to Jesus Christ himself. For someone who never met Jesus in the flesh, many of his writings have had much more effect on the faith than the words of even Jesus’s disciples themselves.”

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Florence Li Tim-Oi

“Sometime later I discovered, like an old dear friend, the scripture “We are surrounded by such a mighty cloud of witnesses…”. I knew exactly what that looked like.”

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Whom Should I Fear?

“If you read between the lines, however, it seems that the psalmist actually feels threatened and endangered, and is trying to build up his own confidence by giving himself a pep talk to remind himself that there is nothing to fear. Language about being endangered and afraid is implied in every verse. The psalmist seems to be screwing up his courage in the face of some sort of terror.”

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Vincent of Saragossa

“Vincent was not the only person who paid a price for speaking the truth boldly. Bonhoeffer.  Sebastian. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perpetua and Felicity. The Maryknoll nuns. Jan Huss. Oscar Romero. William Tyndale. Edith Stein. The list is long, and many who suffered for their faith and died are known only to God.”

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A Prayer of Thanks

“God of silence and speech, we give you thanks — 

for church buildings that offer sanctuary and peace found in the woods

for prayers offered in worship and in the dark nights of the soul…”

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A Friend in High Places

“But a good life takes practice and attention. And the answers to the questions of discernment – marriage, divorce, vocation – all must come in dialogue with the Spirit. And with abiding fidelity to and love for Jesus and learning from the few words we have of his in four slim Gospels plus Acts and a few letters.”

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Come and See

“Come and see,” Jesus tells his soon-to-be disciples when they ask him where he is staying.  And this seems to me to be the best, short response to any theological question. Who is God?  Who is the Christ? Come and see.

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