Tag Archives: Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation Thursday: What is Spiritual Formation?

I have been thinking about what Spiritual Formation is for the last few weeks.  Next week I will be starting a book discussion on Spiritual Formation Thursdays.  But I wanted to also talk about what Spiritual Formation is, because I … Continue reading

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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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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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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: Spiritual Dryness

Spiritual dryness is probably one of the biggest secrets kept in churches.  Many people go to church and go through the motions, pretending everything is alright, without feeling that God is close to them or listening to their prayers.  This … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Obedience

Obedience is an important spiritual virtue; many Christians have expressed this throughout Christian history.  One of my favorite stories about obedience comes from the writings of the desert father (and mothers). Story Time(!): There was once a desert monk, who was … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Listening Prayer

Listening Prayer can be a very controversial topic in many Christian circles.  Many Christians believe God speaks to us and we can listen to him, through our prayers.  However, many other Christians believe that God gave us the Bible to … Continue reading

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