"Welcome Friday, I love this day.
The day our Lord was crucified.
A day for quiet reflection,
A day of earnest prayer,
A day to remember one’s sins,
A day to beg forgiveness,
A day to abstain from good food,
A day to shun fine wine,
A day to turn towards goodness,
A day to plan acts of charity,
A day to give thanks for all God’s blessings."

- From Celtic Parables by Robert Van De Weyer (via contemplativevoyage)

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music by Jeff Johnson

readings are from Mark 14:32-36 and Luke 22:43-44.

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Went for a hike up Little Mountain. I grew up on the bottom of this mountain and know it very well. But they’ve added some new trails and we discovered this amazing car on the side of the mountain.

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Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community


A powerful article that reminds us of the truth from Matthew that what we do for the least of these we do for Jesus. Good words to ponder this Holy Week:

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The Four Fold Benedictine Blessing


May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression,
and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for
justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer
from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able,
with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

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Faith in the dark: Lenten meditations on the creed


I believe
Not I know. Not I think. Not I feel. Not I understand. But I believe. When I am in darkness, when I do not know the way, when every step is uncertain, I walk. I live not by what I know or feel but by a trust that proves itself only after each new step is safely taken…”

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A wonderful chant based upon Psalm 121 sung by Jeff Johnson that leads into a beautiful arrangement of Teresa of Avila’s “God Alone Suffices” sung by Janet Marie Chvatal.

Amazing music to quiet and center your soul.

From the CD, ANTIPHON by the Coram Deo Ensemble

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Motivational quotes

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"See, once you have begun to experience solitude and silence, you discover that you actually have a soul and that there is a God.Then you can begin to practice Sabbath and that will enable you to re-enter community.You can’t have community without Sabbath."

- Dallas Willard (via fcb4)

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The kids acting out their dad’s adventure fantasies

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"And this, in fact, is precisely why fasting and the other disciplines matter.  Not because we are not our bodies, but because we are, at least in part.  And therefore, what we do with our bodies matters.  We cannot draw a clear line between the bodily and the spiritual; the truth of the Incarnation and the Eucharist and so much of our liturgical life prohibits us from doing so.   We are not saved by escaping from bodily life, but by putting on and consuming and becoming the Body of Christ, whom we cannot even know unless we are willing to follow his commandments.  So the body is of immense importance, and asceticism rightly conceived is not a rejection of the body, but what comes from taking it seriously."

(From a short essay on asceticism I’m working on for my church)

A good approach to fasting that speaks an important corrective to the main problems I have had with asceticism in the past.

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Music Resources for Lent


Follow the link to a collection of music resources to help in your observance of the season of Lent this year.

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More Facts on Psychofacts :)

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I could watch this for hours, 

I could watch this for hours, 

(Source: jaegerzs)

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I went to the mall, and a little girl called me a terrorist. 

My name is Ela.  I am seventeen years old.  I am not Muslim, but my friend told me about her friend being discriminated against for wearing a hijab.  So I decided to see the discrimination firsthand to get a better understanding of what Muslim women go through. 

My friend and I pinned scarves around our heads, and then we went to the mall.  Normally, vendors try to get us to buy things and ask us to sample a snack.  Clerks usually ask us if we need help, tell us about sales, and smile at us.  Not today.  People, including vendors, clerks, and other shoppers, wouldn’t look at us.  They didn’t talk to us.  They acted like we didn’t exist.  They didn’t want to be caught staring at us, so they didn’t look at all. 

And then, in one store, a girl (who looked about four years old) asked her mom if my friend and I were terrorists.  She wasn’t trying to be mean or anything.  I don’t even think she could have grasped the idea of prejudice.  However, her mother’s response is one I can never forgive or forget.  The mother hushed her child, glared at me, and then took her daughter by the hand and led her out of the store. 

All that because I put a scarf on my head.  Just like that, a mother taught her little girl that being Muslim was evil.  It didn’t matter that I was a nice person.  All that mattered was that I looked different.  That little girl may grow up and teach her children the same thing. 

This experiment gave me a huge wakeup call.  It lasted for only a few hours, so I can’t even begin to imagine how much prejudice Muslim girls go through every day.  It reminded me of something that many people know but rarely remember: the women in hijabs are people, just like all those women out there who aren’t Muslim. 

People of Tumblr, please help me spread this message.  Treat Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans, Taoists, etc., exactly the way you want to be treated, regardless of what they’re wearing or not wearing, no exceptions.  Reblog this.  Tell your friends.  I don’t know that the world will ever totally wipe out prejudice, but we can try, one blog at a time.  

this is so perfect in absolutely every single way.

(Source: olentaalla)

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