Recently I led a half-day retreat for Directors of Religious Education at a nearby parish. These are the men and women who work hard all year through, helping to care for the faith of others. They are nearly always “on duty,” organizing, running, and problem-solving within their parish faith formation programs.
The weather had finally, finally come around to spring qualities. We were at an expansive retreat center with lawns and water and trees and stately buildings. I had come with sort of a plan, but I nearly always finalize plans as we go, reading the audience and the situation and designing the kinds of exercises and activities that seem to fit best. I took one look at the 20-plus DREs and knew what the first assignment would be.
- Published: Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:50
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by on 07/18/2014
Today’s reflection includes a few suggestions for how to be still in a fast-paced world. What do you like to do to be still?
- Published: Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:28
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Take Inventory of Your Spaces
There’s a reason the Christian world, whether in a small Midwestern town in the U.S. or on the streets of Rome, is dotted with spaces meant for prayer. From earliest times, people on spiritual quests understood that space mattered. It mattered if the space for prayer was crowded with worshippers or if it was a solitary monk’s cell. It mattered if the halls echoed music or silence or noise from the street. It mattered what the space smelled like, what colors covered its walls or floors, and what textures met the hand or the skin—a soft breeze from the window or a cold stone bench.
- Published: Wednesday, 20 August 2014 17:55
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Several different articles brought drinking alcohol to my attention for this month’s article. One was from HealthDay and another a NIH article. The headline of the first stated that the CDC reported that 1 in 10 deaths in adults is tied to alcoholism.
First we think of auto accidents and chronic liver disease or circchosis.
But there are 54 other conditions where alcohol is linked to deaths. Among those are pancreatitis, psychosis, esophageal cancer, breast cancer, oral cancer, falling injuries, suicides and drowning.
Males were involved with more of the alcohol related deaths at 71%.
- Published: Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:39
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