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The Language of Healing

The Language of Healing

I have a love affair with horses and their way of communicating.  Horses, while quite capable of vocalizations, particularly around feeding time, communicate more readily through their bodies. They respond to pressure. Their eyes, nostrils, and ears speak paragraphs about...

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Original Desire

Original Desire

When I was sixteen years old I wanted it all: to be athletic, intelligent, strong, attractive, genuine, funny, articulate, and a whole lot more.  Every one of these desires demanded my full attention. They were the epitome of selfishness. Depending...

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The Key to Peace

The Key to Peace

When Moses stood on the mountain and gazed at the new world, he predicted that there would always be choices between life and death. The challenge is to choose life.  It is not accidental that Krister (Stendahl) chose young listeners...

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Resurrection and Transfiguration

Resurrection and Transfiguration

It is difficult for us to visualize how our own self may become a Eucharistic, Christified body. Our eyes are not enough here, because they only know how to look, and not to see.  The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ offered...

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Anaphora

Anaphora

For those familiar with literary and rhetorical devices, anaphora—the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase—is a familiar strategy, one that both assists textual coherence and draws uncommon attention to the repeated terms. One might recall profound examples of anaphora...

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Grieving: 6 Ways to Begin to Heal 

Grieving: 6 Ways to Begin to Heal 

1 - reorientation: grieving as hurt, hurt as healing  Imagine yourself as physically wounded. What do you do? If you are wounded, you do not cover it up and pretend it doesn’t exist. If you are wounded, you open up...

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7 Ways to Bring St. Benedict into Your Heart and Home

7 Ways to Bring St. Benedict into Your Heart and Home

“Benedict’s Rule, then, is itself a kind of catechism. Even though it’s been the central guidebook for Western monasticism, its vision of life isn’t just for a particular sect of Christians called ‘monks’ and ‘nuns.’ This is a vision for...

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July Staff Picks

July Staff Picks

1) Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and Meditations by David Bannon.  Recommended by Lillian Miao, Director of Paraclete Press “So many of our books have such good content, but I'd have to say that David Bannon's Wounded in Spirit is one of...

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What is prayer?

What is prayer?

Prayer is asking for things. Very true. This is indeed the basic meaning. ‘I pray you do this’ means ‘I beg you’, ‘I beseech you’.What may we ask for? We might ask for a bicycle or a pair of jeans or a...

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