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I'm Friar Bob ~Writer, and bottle washer at contemplative monk, and Contemplative Sage Reflections
I'm Friar Bob ~Writer, and bottle washer at contemplative monk, and Contemplative Sage Reflections

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Here's some Contemplative Comfort for Advent:

Our hearts are like a garden, and we can either choose to cultivate our hearts, or not. You and I get to choose to cultivate our lives to be a garden of God. And there, in that sacred space, we can grow the fruit of life, the fruit of the Spirit. And the fragrance of life will fill the air.

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A Walk In The Quiet
Photo Credit:  Bob Holmes It’s a total surprise to be awake to God, Every Time. It’s not a routine, or a practice you can go through and BAM, God shows up. It’s like walking on the road to Emmaus, and all of a sudden you realize, God is beside you. So, if y...

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A Spiritual Rant or How I Talk With God
If you will allow me to rant a little, here goes:  I get so sick and tired of all the endless posturing and religious arrogance Christians perpetrate against each other in the name of God. As for me, I have no one left to impress and nothing left to prove. ...

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The Critical Importance of a Daily Devotional Practice with A Spotlight on Advent.
It has been my experience that most questions are resolved during our daily devotional practice. Like the colorful, fall leaves that drift off the trees while the sap runs to the roots, to deepen and strengthen, to harness the life hidden in the roots, so o...

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The Crowded Room
Are you having trouble quieting your mind and shifting into your spirit? Do your running thoughts steal you away and suddenly you find yourself swept downstream? Hey, it's normal. Our mind is constantly working things out, trying to solve, trying to reconci...

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Embracing Mystery
My heart longs for mystery that is beyond me in every way. I thirst for mystery that draws me and calls to me... surrounding, above and beyond me. Mystery larger and deeper than my wildest dreams... Beyond all that I could ever have imagined... in a hundred...

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Getting The Horse Before The Cart or How Not To Totally Throw Out The Creeds, Liturgy, and Orders
Let me cut to the chase and fill in the blanks a little later. When we approach God through our creeds, formula's, and as answers to our questions, it's only by God's sovereign pattern disrupt that we come into God's presence. We call it a spiritual breakth...

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~ A Hearty Welcome ~ The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier, and we who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed. ~Howard Mace y Welcome to Contemplative Monk! You’ve just entered the grace zone. I hope you ...

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Journey Into Deep Time
Photo Credit:  Jeff Kubina (Creative Commons) As we grow spiritually, our past and our future, begin to converge into our present, and the veil becomes very thin…  quiet time is deep time slowing down linear time settling into present time awake and aware a...

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Reflections: On Foot
Photo Credit:  UKGardenPhotos Bless to me, O Lord The earth beneath my feet; Bless to me, O Lord, The path this day I greet: my walk this day with the Father my walk this day with Christ my walk this day with the Spirit filled with grace and light. ~*~*~*~ ...
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