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Burn Brighter: An Invitation to Group Spiritual Practice During this time of Upheaval

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde “let us turn to our God and to the sacred light of the Holy Spirit that burns in each of us.”  – from Burn Brighter*, a Meditation by Ray Angle I sit, center myself, recognizing I am in God’s presence, take a deep breath, and there is Mr. George Floyd, trying to…

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Awake: Arise to Love

by Susanna Bertelsen                          “Awakened, Arise to Love” – Contemplating the Love of God As I continue to look for God’s consolation in these troubled times, I reflect on my experience with the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and am drawn to review…

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“ONLY CONNECT”

by JoAnn Campbell-Rice When I drove an SUV with a spare tire on the back, I had a friend paint on it a globe and the words only connect. Often strangers in a parking lot would approach and ask what it meant. “What do you think it means?” I’d reply.  I watched them wrestle with…

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We Are Witnesses

Our email newsletter that went out on Friday, May 29, 2020.Arise in LoveArise in LoveAs each person is awakened to the sacred in all life, the world is transformed. This week we are witnessing a deep truth of our reality whispered and shouted from the streets. From our privileged role as witnesses, the landscape of collective…

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Search for Meaning

by Dan Johnson The desire to find meaning in the middle of so many changes, is natural and healthy. In this short post, Dan Johnson offers a story from Ignatian spirituality and a simple prayer as a way for new meaning to be shaped. These past two months have shown just how difficult it is…

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Be Kind to Yourself

by Joanne Dehmer “Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things,                                                                                            feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. what you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions…

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Practice Gratitude for the Good in your Life

by Kay Vander Vort “Gratitude is the memory of the heart”     -French proverb You may be puzzled at the picture that introduces this article; a pile of disorganized and random pictures and boxes on top of my dining room table. This was my early response to “what am I going to do sheltering-in-place for…

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Honor Your Feelings

by Mary Noble Garcia Life during a pandemic brings unexpected, unwelcome feelings.  What if we were to meet those feelings at the door and graciously “welcome and entertain them all” as Rumi suggests in “The Guest House?”   This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a…

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Acknowledge the reality of the pandemic as well as your grief

by Carolyn Kolovitz Consider: All earthly life together is one being. “Everything that is in the heavens, and on the earth and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness” -Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century Christian mystic In her forest home, Hildegard watched rain fall into tree roots, sap rise through trunks, lush…

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COVID 19 and the Transformative Gift of Grief

by Linda Cherek I am on Richard Rohr’s email list and receive daily opportunities to reflect on his wisdom and faith.  In a recent Daily Meditation, Richard Rohr talks about “our current global crisis as a collective initiation experience…In a time of global crisis, it may be that reality is revealing itself to us-through great…

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