Recent Posts by Michael Rose

The Hum of the Creating Heart

It turns out that hum I hear in my head may be something more than the hamster on the wheel!  Can you hear it? Can you hear the hum, the electromagnetic hum of molecules as they interact in all things?  It’s not something we can hear audibly (but I suspect we can intuit), and yet…
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I’m Burnt Out on Outrage

I was speaking with a friend today who was expressing indignation at a particularly twisted bit of theology.  It was one of those things one can only shake one's head, with mouth agape in wonderment, at such profound theological abuse. I found that in reading it, I had no energy to be outraged.  Yes, it…
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Loving our Lepers

There is an old story about St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Catholic order known as the Franciscans. The story goes that Francis was revolted by people with leprosy. As you may be aware, leprosy is a horrible and disfiguring disease.  While leprosy is curable today, people did suffer terribly and from…
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Conspiring for Wholeness

I was walking with a friend, and we were talking about life and its challenges.  We were talking about how sometimes we can get driven along by the frenetic pace of life, lose our balance and be tossed around on the currents of circumstances, feeling like we are adrift and aimless.  And other times, like…
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Missing God in both Success and Failure

Why is it that when I sense a leading from God and follow through, the results so profoundly determines my hindsight? If things fit together with ease and all goes well I am confident that I have indeed heard God. Alternately, if things blow up in my face, I am suddenly stricken with a rash…
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Divine Love and Road Trips

This is another photo taken on our trip to a Kite Festival in Saskatchewan, Canada.   The prairies can provide breathtaking scenery. The contrast of dark sky and land with the layer of light between them was remarkable.   Despite being captured by a phone camera, traveling in a car at 120kph, I think it…
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A Saskatchewan Rainbow and Divine Love

We were driving the Trans-Canada Hiway on our way to a Kite Festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan when this scene filled the horizon ahead of us. I can't recall seeing such a vivid rainbow.  The colours were rich and shimmered and seemed to pop in a way I had never noticed before.  I found my…
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Who Mourns the Sparrow?

Who will mourn the Sparrow? After all, what's a sparrows life worth? How could we measure? Two for a penny? Four on sale? With no fanfare, no prayers, no eulogy No acknowledgement they ever lived Two for a penny? Four on sale? Surely it doesn't escape its creators gaze Assuredly ascending in Her tender care…
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Listen Deeply – a Contemplative Prayer exercise

The practice (grace) of seeing God in and through all things will serve us well in season and out. I invite you to sit quietly and turn your thoughts to Jesus.  In this contemplative prayer exercise relax and picture Jesus and let that image come to rest in your heart.  This is a gentle practice…
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Punched, Naked and a Long Walk

People who meet me today are shocked to learn that as a younger man I was a bouncer at a somewhat legendary honky tonk in Calgary, Alberta.  It was a fairly rough place at times, and a night wasn't complete without helping people leave the premises often under duress.  In that position we had two…
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