The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived.  Thomas Merton

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The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares. Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Tolstoy was a wise man, but reading him requires diligent ferreting out of ½ truths. I came upon an example this morning. “If you do not free yourself from prejudice, you cannot face God directly. (So far so good right? But then Tolstoy adds a ½ truth). “You should read the teachings of God not in the Bible, but in your heart.” Read More.

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We realize that the world is in God’s wrathful and merciful hands…. We learned too late that it is not the thought but readiness to take responsibility that is the mainspring of action. Your generation will relate thought and action in a new way. Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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It is easier to mobilize Christians around political and visceral hotly contested societal issues, but our real enemy lives in the attacks on the nature and person of Jesus Christ, and oddly, that seems a battle most Christians are woefully unprepared to engage. Read More.

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Lord let my life today be an exquisite blend of devotion to you and love for all of your creation, including but not limited to all my fellow humans, created in your image, who you have placed above the created order, but also in it to steward it. Read More.

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Guilty of saying things at parties and in social situations that you regret? Be ready before you head out the door. Open your door to God’s inspection, which should lead to useful introspection, before opening your mouth to others. Read More.

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Every man has a vocation to be someone: but he must understand clearly that, in order to fulfill his vocation, he can only be one person: himself. Thomas Merton

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Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening a mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. G.K. Chesterton


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Part of my weight loss, git fit program: “Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.” Lewis Mumford

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