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Why go on retreat?February 24, 2021

Have you ever been in a mall and thrown a nickel into one of those large, funnel-shaped, coin banks? The coin circles around the top several times, over and over, being held in place by the centrifugal force. Gradually, it goes deeper and deeper as it circles faster and faster, all the way down the vortex. It eventually drops into the depths along with all the other coins that have gone before it…

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Where's the Sweet Nectar?July 18, 2020

Sitting on my patio, enjoying the beauty of the pink petunias, I saw a bee come and land on each flower, but quickly leave - finding no sweet nectar to drink. The Spirit whispered an insight: We have become beautiful blooming flowers but without the sweet nectar that attracts bees to make honey. We’ve lost our sweet savor that attracts - love and compassion. Our hearts have left Home and we’ve…

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The Example of St. Simeon Stylites: Ascending the Pillar to Grow in Faith and LoveNovember 17, 2018

The Christian life has room for all who will come, as it sanctifies the vocation of soldiers, peasants, bishops, politicians, and merchants alike. The vast universality of Christian life and the potential for growth therein is underscored in the vocation of St. Simeon Stylites, who ministered sitting atop a pillar for thirty-seven years. St. Simeon was a city on a hill; his powerfully radical life…

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