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Struck by Pentecost

Without a whispered warning, Spirit bolts us to the ground, stands every hair on end, rearranges neurons and leaves us singed and breathless, scarred along each nerve by hot transcendence. Fire in the brain, surge in the heart and lungs, … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Authenticity

For most of my life, I have lived inside my head. I’m a thinker, a creator, an idea person. It’s a blessing and a curse. In my imagination, I can move through time and space, have conversations with brilliant people … Continue reading

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Maybe It’s Time for Hope

I watch TV. I read. I go to movies. I see what’s going around on Facebook and Twitter. And I’ll admit it. I’m concerned. What’s this world coming to? Apparently it’s coming to a black hole of darkness and despair. … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 4: Sext

Fourth Hour:  Sext Midday. Noon. The highest point in the sun’s arc as it passes through the sky. The tilting point of the day. Metaphorically, sext is the hour of greatest creativity and productivity, the time when the fire of … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 3: Terce

Third Hour:  Terce Terce—the third hour. In our modern terms, the beginning of the working day, nine to noon. These three hours of the day are called the “little hours,” the time when work is planned and begun. Metaphorically, the … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 2: Lauds

Second Hour:  Lauds I’ll admit it:  I’m not a morning person. At least most of the time. There come those rare moments, however, when I get up fully awake just as the sun is beginning to rise, and have the … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 1: Vigils

First Hour:  Vigils The Ammas and Abbas, the holy mothers and fathers of our faith, made a practice of praying the Liturgy of the Hours—the seven holy pauses during the day which call us to draw together in community and … Continue reading

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