The Problem Solving Jesus

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For people who don’t believe Jesus solves anything uniquely, Christianity is just a benign option. Sure, Jesus can get us through the day, motivate us to help with poverty, provide a social ethic, or resolve intellectual problems. But people use many things to get through the day (including coffee). Indignation motivates crusades against poverty. Pick your social ethic. Theory solves … Read More

The Dalai Lama and Internet Wisdom

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I’ve noticed a trend recently. With quotes flying around the internet at a great pace and the obvious need to try and state the source, it seems that anything that sounds remotely wise but with an ambiguous origin automatically gets attributed to the Dalai Lama. Granted, some do come from the Dalai Lama and some are mistranslations of something he … Read More

Jesus Withdrew

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But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.  Luke 5:15-16 I love those verses. They’re so freeing! Many of us would use those circumstances to justify busyness and acting like martyrs for the cause in … Read More

Restrained Speech

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When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech. Proverbs 10:19 A regular morning practice of alone silence has become a foundational part of my life. It provides the opportunity to strip my life away for a moment and simply be – quiet and still with the simple motivation to be in the presence … Read More

How God Works

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For that is how God works: You feel the movement first, then act, and the movement stays with you like the lingering sounds of the bell rung till even the silence is delicious and free. dotMagis Blog – IgnatianSpirituality.com

FInding God in Hope, Peace and Silence

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The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of The Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for The Lord has laid it on him. Let him bury … Read More

War Originates in Selfishness

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War originates in selfishness, which prompts man to trample on the rights of his fellow-man, and avail himself of his fortune. War has destroyed the lives of 10,000,000,000 (ten billions) of the human family. The wealth that has been destroyed or wasted by war, cannot be counted in dollars, but it would be sufficient to feed and clothe the whole … Read More