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Self-Justification
Recently I wrote a piece on self-forgetfulness.   This idea came to me from reading one of
Thomas Merton’s latest pieces, The Springs of Contemplation.   Essentially Merton says that progress on the
spiritual journey requires that we become self-forgetful. ...
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Lent: Season of Preparation
As we think about the season of Lent, we realize that there are many different ways in which we prepare for the life that God has in mind for us.  And I do believe God has something in mind for us.  I see Lent as a time for raising our consciousness---a tim...
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The Real Me
Who am I?   That is a
question almost everyone entertains and, perhaps, spends a good deal of time in
life figuring out the answer.   It is not
unusual for us to come up with a few different answers in the process of living
our lives.   I am confident I wou...
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Lent: Season of Remodeling
The
theme of Lent is preparation for Easter---preparation for real life.  Lent is a special time for me because it
allows me a chance again to re-engage a process of making something out of
life.  Maybe you are like me.  I get disgusted at myself when I mak...
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In the Spaces
Recently a writer for the New York Times died.   David Carr wrote about culture for that
famous newspaper.   He is someone I read
sometimes, but I was not a regular reader of his material like I am for someone
like David Brooks, whom I very much respect and...
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Divine Protection
Recently it dawned on me that my spiritual discipline is a
great deal like my physical discipline.   I am sure that is not novel, but I also am sure I never thought about it
quite like that.   Being active physically
has been important to me for as long as ...
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Caring for Nature
For some time now I have been aware of the reports and,
sometimes, controversy over the whole issue of climate change and nature.   Some folks think we are heading toward a
climate crisis—global warming and the like.   Other folks scoff at such an idea and ...
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Self-Forgetfulness
I like to read in monastic spirituality because the monks
and nuns are so clearly focused on the spiritual life.   It is their central concern in life.   Monastics set aside the usual normal things
that occupy most of us in order to be singularly occupied w...
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The Meaning of Silence
One of the blessings of teaching is the chance to continue
to read good books.  And often, it means
the opportunity to re-read some of my favorite books.  In spite of our society’s penchant for the
new and novel, I learned some time ago that there are class...
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Lent Begins
Today is
the beginning of the season of Lent.  The theme of Lent is preparation for
Easter- preparation for real life.  Lent is a special time for me because
it allows me a chance one more time to re-engage a process of making something
out of life.  Maybe ...
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Doubting Thomas: My Hero
The story of Thomas, as we find it in the New Testament, has
always been one of my favorites.   Today
is the feast day for Thomas, so I bumped again into the story.   If you are not familiar with the story, let
me share it.   We find it in John’s
Gospel.   ...
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Home and Away
Most people I know have a home.   I have a nice enough home.   It is not luxurious, but it is more than
adequate.   If you were to visit me, you
would know that my home has that “lived in” feeling.   It is not the kind of place with dazzle and formality.   ...
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Baldwin Wallace University Professor of Religion and Chair in Faith & Life, Center for Innovation & Growth. Author, retreat leader and public speaker.

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