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In today’s society the notion of humility seems to be greeted with anathema.  It’s a curse word; something to shun, fear and ridicule.  We are taught to take control and to “look out for number one”.  Yet, when we allow ourselves to be humble and submit (yet another word we are not supposed to like) to God’s will good things inevitably happen.

El_Greco_The_Annunciation_c1590    One of the greatest examples of this is presented to us in the story of the annunciation.  The archangel Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her some astounding things.  She will be with child. Something that will happen through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, and she will give birth to the Son of God.  Mary “humbles” herself and “submits” to God’s will, as incredible and impossible as the whole scenario appears.  Note, Mary was not commanded to do this.  She could have said no.  Instead she asks for clarification and understanding and then utters that incredible and life changing statement:  Be it done to me according to your will.  (more…)

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As of this week I am back on board as a Benedictine Novice moving toward becoming a Benedictine Oblate.  I had been invested as an Novice back in March of 2009, but as it turned out I wasn’t spiritually or emotionally ready for that sort of commitment so my efforts eventually dwindled off and the weeds grew up to overtake the few seeds that my novitiate had planted.  In this elapsed time, however, I have continually felt the calling to return.  I’ve just  been well too adept at excusing the nudgings, finding all kinds of convenient reasons to put it off or ignore it altogether, and pretending I was doing the right thing going along on my own merry way.  But then this has been the modus operandi for much of my spiritual life, and my life in general.     (more…)

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When the fullness of time comes, no philosophical genius, no Plato or Socrates appears to fulfill the mission of redemption. Nor does a powerful conqueror, another Alexander, take over the earth. Instead a child is born in Bethlehem. He it is who is to redeem the world. But before he speaks he loves with deeds. It is no magic formula he brings, because he knows that the salvation he offers must pass through human hearts. What does he first do? He laughs and cries and sleeps defenseless, as a baby, though he is God incarnate. And he does this so that we may fall in love with him, so that we may learn to take him in our arms. (more…)

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Memories can be painful but they need not control us or limit us in any way. (more…)

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In Gary Molander’s book Pursuing Christ, Creating Art he has a chapter devoted to a list his friend, Scott McClennan, wrote about his own personal experience with the creative process. As I read the list I broke into a fit of the giggles at the wit and whimsy that went into the creation of this list. Yet at the same time I also felt a funny feeling knotting up the inside my gut as I acknowledged the bull’s eye accuracy of the words. (more…)

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I rarely comment on a book before I’ve either finished it or abandoned it as hopeless, but I find myself in possession of a new book that I believe could be genuinely life-changing for a lot of readers, and the temptation to start talking about it before I finish it is just too irresistible.  So I’ll jump in now and comment further as I read more.  (more…)

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God gives us freedom to make our own lives within the situation which is the gift of His love to us, (more…)

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