Monthly Archives: February 2013

Spiritual Formation Thursday: Lectio Divina

Today I would like to talk about the ancient prayer practice of the Church, Lectio Divina (Divine Reading).  The Church has used this prayer practice since the early Church.  Origen of Alexandria is believed to have been the first to … Continue reading

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Bible Study Wednesday: The Gospel According to St. John 4:43-54

In this section of the Gospel, Jesus has just come back from the festival in Jerusalem.  He was back in Galilee and the Galileans remembered him and the miracle he performed there (water into wine). There was a royal official … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: The Great Persecution before the Peace Part 2

If you need a recap you can find it here. So Diocletian’s edicts against the Christians were some of the harshest and restricting the Christians had seen.  His first edict was that all churches and Sciptures be burned.  The second … Continue reading

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Bible Study Wednesday: The Letter to the Hebrews 3:12-19

I love The Letter to the Hebrews, when I thought about doing a Master’s in Biblical Studies; I was going to study Hebrews, James, and 1 & 2 Peter.  I find that Hebrews has a lot of important information, which … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: The Great Persecution before the Peace

Warning this will have some pretty heavy history talk in it (and it might go on for more than one week)! Early in the fourth century, the worst persecution of the early Church took place, but was also the last … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 3: Hospitality

One aspect of the monastic practices that is sometimes forgotten by the world is the monasteries commitment to hospitality.  The Rule of St. Benedict makes the role of hospitality clear.  The start to chapter 53 of the Rule sets the … Continue reading

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Saints Friday: Why We Learn from the Saints

Again this is another week where there are not any really good saints next week.  I know, Martin Luther’s feast day is Monday, but he is not really a saint in the technical sense.  We have a lot to learn … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Guest Post

Today I am sending you over to my friend and Benedictine brother, Brayan Sherwood’s blog.  He asked me to do a guest post about Lent.  So he has what would have been posted here on his blog.  You can find … Continue reading

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Bible Study Wednesday: The Gospel According to St. Matthew 6:5-8

As promised on February 7, 2013 (from Spiritual Formation Thursday: The Jesus Prayer), today’s post of Bible Study Wednesday will be about Jesus’ teaching about prayer from Matthew 6.  I wanted to do this to show that praying the Jesus … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: A History of Lent

Lent is one of the oldest practices of the Church.  St. Irenaus of Lyons wrote about a season of Lent in the late 100s.  Granted at that time the season only lasted a few days.  Even for the early Church, … Continue reading

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