A Franciscan Blessing

A dangerous prayer and sentiment, but absolutely necessary for the spiritual journey, for intellectual honesty, and most of all–to becoming authentic people:   -A Franciscan Benediction May God bless you with discomfort At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships So that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger At…

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“Put on the New Self.” A poem by Tania Runyan

I found this poem at Christian Century, and really enjoy reading and meditating on it. I think anyone who has “Prayed THE Prayer” can relate deeply with the poet’s sentiment. Check out more of Tania Runyan’s poetry at her blog, here…

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The Widow and the Judge

The Widow and the Judge: A Reflection by David Morrison Gospel Reading: Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow…

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Sky and Land

Out here at Desert Rain, we have a view of a desert landscape that haunts you with the ancient and the mysterious. When that sense of wonder fades in the moment, the azure blue sky calls you back into a nourishing kind of enchantment. Every so often, clouds, as if they were visitors from foreign…

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Between the Sun and the Moon

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”   –Genesis 8:2 On weekday mornings, my regular task is to prepare our chapel for our 7:00 a.m. prayer gathering. I set the music; light the candles, make the coffee, light the incense, and most…

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Eternal Autumn- David Morrison

“We don’t have to go far to find the treasure we are seeking. There is beauty and goodness right where we are. And only when we can see the beauty and goodness that are close by can we recognize beauty and goodness on our travels far and wide…” -Henri Nouwen Eternal Autumn by David Morrison…

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Friendship – By Mikaela Steele (2011)

Want to know the best monday you can have? One that you have to go to school? A half day! A half day is amazing! But the best part about that half day is when you get to spend it with friends! Today I’m thinking about the beauty of friendship. Friendship is not something that…

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