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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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Easter Rocked with Fear and Great Joy

by Karen Treat 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. -Matthew 28: 8-9 Happy Easter!  He is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Halleluiah!…

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The Examen helps us look for God’s presence

by Barbara Leonard Dear readers, I am writing to remind you of the Examen, that crucial daily prayer Ignatius said never to neglect.  This is an important time to rekindle the Examen in your daily life or begin it for the first time. Staying centered in body, mind and spirit is difficult as we experience…

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Holy Week during a Pandemic

by Linda Cherek We have all been living an extended Good Friday through the challenges of the Coronovirus with all the fear and uncertainty and a myriad of additional emotional responses to it.  We have watched people’s income be significantly impacted, we have additional concern for the poor and disenfranchised and we worry about ourselves…

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The Presence of God…in uncertain times

by Karen Treat Gospel John 11:39-45.  39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." 40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory…

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Vernal Equinox Reflections: day to day desolations and consolations invites gratitude.

by Susanna Bertelsen On this March 19 first-day-spring, I too am secluded at home with my husband, “social distancing” ourselves from others by avoiding all sorts of venues where people gather. Inconvenient? Yes. Annoying? Often. Frustrating? Most of the time. Fearful? No doubt. Stressed? Absolutely! The news of suffering across the globe on radio, television,…

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Letting Go of “Supposed To”

by JoAnn Campbell-Rice I just finished Elan Mistai’s novel, All Our Wrong Todays about time travel and parallel consciousness, and one of the lines late in the book cracked me open.  Mistai writes that if there’s a point to the book, it’s this: “there’s no such thing as the life you’re supposed to have.” I…

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Lent and COVID-19

by Kay Vander Vort Since I was a child Lent has been a time to focus on some aspect of my life that needs improvement, discipline or at least attention. When I was young I gave up a candy (never made it through the whole 40 days); several years as a young adult I attempted…

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