The Words That Use Us

“We cannot be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and they end up using us.” These are the words of well- known pastor and translator of The Message, Rev. Eugene Peterson.  It is a fair warning though not considered frequently enough.  I use to pride myself on the number […]

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Leaving a Controlling Identity

“There’s a certain learned passivity about the spiritual life that is hard to program and hard to make popular. People who give leadership in spiritual direction, the good ones, that’s basically what they’re doing: they’re trying to train us and teach us how not to be in control of our lives; to enter into what […]

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Praying for our hatreds

“It is easy to be honest before God with our hallelujahs; it is somewhat more difficult to be honest in our hurts; it is nearly impossible to be honest before God in the dark emotions of our hate. … We must pray who we actually are, not who we think we should be.  … The […]

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A Christian Community

“How can we pray accurately for and harmoniously with the other members of God’s people?  Through song: song establishes all the members of the congregation in organic relationship.  The Christian recovers a sense of community and experiences the dynamics of community not through the categories of sociology but through the music of liturgy.  We would […]

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Race-less and Prayer-Filled

“We are unfinished creatures– longing, reaching, stretching towards fulfillment.  We express these desires for completion in prayer.  Prayers articulate our seeking after the best.  Prayers give voice to aspiration towards the highest.  Everything that is distinctly human gets formulated in prayers: our pathos, our nobility, our creativity.  Also interestingly, everything that is disreputable in us– […]

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