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Being in a monastery during Advent was like being inside a cozy New England Inn during a terrible nor’easter – a terrible, loud, windy, snowy storm. Sitting by a fire with spiced, hot wine during a gale-force-winds-storm is how it felt to sing and pray by candle-light in a habit while the world around us rushed by

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Kneading our daily bread

When I ask for “my daily bread” what is underneath my request of God in “The Lord’s Prayer” is not simply bread, but the kind of real honesty which bread implies. Give me integrity – a real thing being a real thing. Let me be real by knowing who I am, knowing what I want

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Getting real in your Rule – three difficult chapters

This originally appeared as part of the Daily Sip, a ministry of St John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO

by Charles LaFond

 

In this series on writing a Rule of Life, we have reached the half-way point. In John’s Gospel, the great light of the transfiguration turns the corner into deeper waters. Our Rule must include the words and thought we are less eager to set to paper, less eager to read monthly. And so onward!

 

When you are writing your Rule, do not […]

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Writing Rule of Life – loss and grief

Grief is heavy. It drags one down like a burlap bag of scrap metal over one’s shoulder – it weighs down, heavy, and sharp metal ends – jagged, rusty tear-stained bits poke through the burlap and then the shirt into one’s fleshy back.

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Writing a Rule of Life – a consideration of our thoughts

We spend a lot of our time thinking, we humans do. And much of our thinking is fear-based, shame-based and anxiety-producing causing sleepless nights and cancer. So our Rule of Life needs to have some chapters that help to remind us of how we want to be in relationship with our thoughts – what our own thought-boundaries are, or what we hope them to one day become.

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Rule of Life – the Church

This originally appeared as part of the Daily Sip, a ministry of St John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO

by Charles LaFond

 

This week in The Daily Sip, we have continued our exploration of the Rule of Life by continuing to write our chapters. We explored “the Church” in this week’s work. Here are the two chapters on “The Church” in my Rule and an end-note on writing chapters in general, as a part of a Lenten practice.

 

Chapter VII– The Church

A Rule of […]

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Sabbath as part of a Rule of Life

This originally appeared as part of the Daily Sip, a ministry of St John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO

by Charles LaFond

 

It seems like God had America in mind when God assigned a day of rest as one of the ten commandments. In all three listings (Exodus (two of them) and Deuteronomy), God is so very clear about the Sabbath day. And in the creation story God names the Sabbath day as the first “Holy thing” which is a big deal for […]

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A Rule of Life: Prayer

This originally appeared as part of the Daily Sip, a ministry of St John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO

by Charles LaFond

 

 

This is the third chapter in my series on writing a Rule of life and it is the chapter on prayer. Again, a Rule of life is simply a series of statements, written by you, for you which, when read every day, (one “chapter” or subject per day) reminds you of how you want to live. The Williamsburg wreath I chose […]

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