A New Center

With some of the fasting I’ve done this Lent (and in the previous few months), one of the things I’ve noticed is that, as my appetites quiet, my heart becomes lively, joyful, and far more attentive and aware to what’s happening around me (as opposed to my more or less…

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Exposing the core… making possible sorrow and joy

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” – Psalm 51 A broken spirit.  That moment when you finally come to grips with the ugliest truths about yourself, and it causes unspeakable pain and remorse.  You have no more defense….

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Tips for Fasting, in Light of Lent

I’m doing a bit of fasting during Lent, along with several other Bloomers.  I am very much looking forward to what will occur in me (and us) through it. Now fasting went on the shelf for me for a good long while.  Was great at it in my teens and…

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Only in leisure

Hurry is a great enemy of the spiritual life. I know that I am approaching spiritual death when there are no non-purposive, non goal-oriented activities in my day.  When liesure is absent.  When I race through workouts, fail to really taste my food, am unmoved by the sight of a…

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An Uncommon, Common Holiness

Not long ago I was in the midst of a three day fast that culminated in a 24 hour solitude retreat at the Franciscan Retreat Center up near Colorado Springs. Believe it or not, for all of my emphasis on the life of discipline and devotion, that was the first…

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Some Tips for Not Losing Your Soul Over the Holidays

Hey friends – Several weeks ago, as I was preparing to do our weekly house church leader coaching video, the thought occurred to me: “Gosh, the holidays are approaching, and that means that our leaders are getting ready to head into what is at once the most fun and most…

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