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Book Review: 52 Ways to Grow Your Faith

I have a book review up at The Christian Manifesto.  If you want to check it out here is the link.  It was a pretty good book, but you can read all about my reactions there.   I will hopefully … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer is an ancient prayer of the Church.  It is a simple prayer containing just two lines, meant to focus the mind and body for meditation upon God and prepare a receptive heart for him to speak to.  … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Celtic Circle/Caim Prayer

Today’s post is about a protection prayer from the Celtic Christian tradition.  The Celtic Church developed differently than the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, mainly because of their distance from the central locations of Rome and Constantinople.  They also were … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Mercy for Dummies (and Jerks)

As announced last Monday, there is a guest post from Sarah Carey.  You can find out a little bit more about Sarah here (from last week’s Monastic Monday post).  You can also find out more about Sarah and her time in … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: The Liturgy of the Hours

Cloistered monastics usually hold to the Liturgy of the Hours, seven prayer services practiced in a monastery.  The Hours were developed by St. Benedict of Nursia, who took the form from John Cassian’s writings, on the practices of the Desert … Continue reading

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Bible Study Wednesday: The Holy Gospel According to St. John

Today’s Gospel Lectionary reading in the Book of Common Prayer comes from John chapter 5, verses 1-15; I will be focusing on verses 1-9.   Allow me to summarize the lesson for today.  The lesson is about a man who … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: St. Ignatius of Antioch’s Letters and His Lasting Effect on the Church

St. Ignatius of Antioch lived in the 1st century and was a bishop of the church of Antioch, who was martyred in Rome around 108 CE.  On his way to Rome from Antioch he wrote six letters to churches and … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Saint Benedict’s First Monastery

Story: Sometime after St. Benedict put away the temptations of the flesh, the knowledge of his virtue grew in the region of Subiaco.  At one point a group of monks from a nearby monastery approached Benedict.  Their abbot had recently … Continue reading

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New Weekly Schedule

So I am going to try and post more on the blog within the coming weeks.  It might take a little time to get things on a consistent schedule, but the plan is to have a new blog post up every … Continue reading

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A Divorce from the Old: A Review of New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today’s Church

In Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s book New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today’s Church, he attempts to introduce the New Monastic movement to American Christianity.  He does this in nine easy-to-read chapters.  In the first chapter, he explains why he believes … Continue reading

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