Tag Archives: prayer

The 4 Minute Soul Spa

Feeling STRESSED?  We live in a highly pressurized world.  Finances, work, health, parenting, relationships, and trying to juggle a multiplicity different things that are all screaming for our attention.  Add to this how we are bombarded by many constant more subtle stresses reported in the media; wars, economic crunches, accidents, natural disasters war and so much more.…
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Potty Mouth Prayer

Is there a place for using a potty-mouth in prayer?  You know, profanity, swearing. In a moment of angst, and no other word will do, is it okay for followers of Jesus to let fly with the nasty four-letter words? Never? Maybe?  Depends on the word? As long as you conjugate them properly?  What’s your…
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Look Again – Mirror Exercise

The Mirror prayer exercise ... when practiced regularly and prayerfully, helps us realize, accept, and affirm who we are. That we were created by and for divine love, recognizing this source that dwells in each of us and then living deeper into this source
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A Bridge or a Treadmill?

Okay, I admit it!  I like retro cartoons - cartoons from my youth.  I like the characters, the zany plots, the animation and the music.  I guess somewhere deep inside me is a 10-year-old boy whose happiest times were watching the likes of Bugs Bunny, the Flintstones, and Scooby Doo.  The other day I caught a…
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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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Spirituality and the Sense of Smell

Last Sunday afternoon, my family and I took a walk in a park along the Old Man River in Southern Alberta. The gusty west winds had done their job relieving the old Poplar trees of their leaves. The gusty wind was shifting, and swirling the fallen leaves on the ground. With each step, the crunch of…
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O Love, Divine Love

  O Love, divine Love, why do You lay siege to me? In a frenzy of love for me, You find no rest. From five sides You move against me, Hearing, sight, taste, touch, and scent. To come out is to be caught; I cannot hide from You. _____________ If I come out through sight…
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Blind Faith – Merton’s Prayer

The following is a prayer by Thomas Merton found in his book entitled Thoughts in Solitude.  Thomas Merton was an influential 20th-century Catholic author, popular spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist.  A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in Kentucky, Merton was a prolific writer penning over 60 books and many essays.…
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Christ as a Light – A Celtic Prayer

The following is an old Celtic prayer.  It has been called the Christ Canticle and was often a part of Celtic Christian liturgy.  I find this prayer to be a great way to start my day, especially when the day ahead could be stressful. I appreciate the reminder of  Jesus' word that He will never…
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Prayer for Busy People

It’s a no-brainer to say life can be incredibly fast paced and busy for many people! There are more demands for our time than time in a day, and yet we strive to do it all, aware that many things fall through the cracks. Time with God, (prayer) can be one of those things that fall…
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