Category Archives: Spirituality

Living as Aliens?

This morning, Common Prayer  offered an interesting quote and prayer.  I am certain that Diognetus could not write this about the 21st century American church: These words were written in the early Christian writing known as the Letter to Diognetus, whose author is unknown: “Christians live in their own countries, but only as guests and aliens. They …

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Prayers from Taize

Today from Taize: Intercessions God our Father, fill our lives with your compassion; may we live in the generosity of forgiveness. For those who cannot believe and who give their lives in the service of others, Lord, we pray. For the Church, ferment of communion: Lord, make your light shine upon her. O Christ, light …

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Church in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-20)

I have been reading through the Book of Acts recently, and today in Common Prayer, Acts 19:1-20 was the suggested text for the day.  It is Paul’s meeting with the church at Ephesus.  Here are a few insights on this passage… v.1- Paul is always on the go.  Modern disciples should be on the go. …

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Saint Benedict

It is a feast day for Saint Benedict across the Christian world today.  The folks at Common Prayer shared this biography: Benedict of Nursia (c. 480?–?c. 547) Benedict was born in the town of Nursia, near Rome. At age twenty, he left home and lived for three years as a hermit in a desolate cave. …

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Toyohiko Kagawa (again)

The folks at Common Prayer are remembering Toyohiko Kagawa today.  The Episcopal Church remembers him on April 23rd.  here is what I wrote on that day: Kagawa Here is a short biography: Toyohiko Kagawa (1888?–?1960) Toyohiko Kagawa was a Japanese pacifist, Christian reformer, evangelist, and labor activist. He wrote, spoke, and worked at length on …

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Isaiah 58

Today, the meditation for the Northumbria Community is an adaptation of Isaiah 58:6-12. I am sharing the translation from the Common English Bible: 6 Isn’t this the fast I choose: releasing wicked restraints, untying the ropes of a yoke, setting free the mistreated, and breaking every yoke? 7 Isn’t it sharing your bread with the hungry and …

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