Category Archives: Prayer

Standing with those of No Standing

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore … Continue reading

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Visiting Auschwitz

We drove the eighty-odd kilometres from Krakow to Oswieçim by slow car. A kind of funeral procession.It took the whole of the morning and part of the afternoon to make our way through Auschwitz I. We saw many of the … Continue reading

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“Spiritual Directors”? – Peterson

“You seem disappointed that I am not more responsive to your interest in “spiritual direction”. Actually, I am more than a little ambivalent about the term, particularly in the ways it is being used so loosely without any sense of … Continue reading

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God is in the Manger: Bonhoeffer at Christmas

“The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as the respect it holds for the mystery. We retain the child in us to the extent that we … Continue reading

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Savior (Christmas Poems)

Petulant priests, greedy centurions, and one million incensed gestures stand between your love and me. Your agape sacrifice is reduced to colored glass, vapid penance, and the tedium of ritual. Your footprints yet mark the crest of billowing seas but … Continue reading

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Shoulders -Naomi Shihab Nye

A man crosses the street in rain, stepping gently, looking two times north and south, because his son is asleep on his shoulder. No car must splash him. No car drive too near to his shadow. This man carries the … Continue reading

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Coming to Rest

“The Lord will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon Him because he trusts in Him.” Isaiah 26:3. Ah, the power and promise of shalom. Isn’t it time you came to rest?  The Old Testament writers knew that by … Continue reading

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