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spirituality and faith

Be a Prude in the Temple

Prude: (Archaic) Of great virtue; honest; wise The painting comes to me as if in a dream. –Vincent Van Gogh   I’ve been looking at a lot of statues of Jesus in Catholic churches, lately, and you know what I’m wondering? I’m wondering if he wasn’t a woman. I mean, does anyone know what was beneath that loincloth? Because hanging on the cross? Dude looks the same way I did […]

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Without a Map

“Keep yourself a stranger and pilgrim upon earth, to whom the affairs of this world are of no concern. Keep your heart free and lifted up to God, for here you have no abiding city.” –Thomas a Kempis, The Inner Life On my solo journey through Europe, I have realized I have a much better time, and am led to much better places, when I don’t rely on a map. […]

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Be an Instrument

The Holy Spirit has many channels. If one doesn’t work, she finds another. She is infinitely creative. We always have a choice in this life whether to work with Her, to allow her in, or to toil on our own while staying lost and confused. I don’t know that I believed in God, or could use that word without choking, for a long time. But when my son was born […]

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What’s Different About You?

Isn’t it cute the way we walk around thinking we’re God? We move through our lives making everything in the image of our own likeness, deciding what’s right and wrong, how everything should subscribe to our own belief systems. We pick and choose and run toward some things and away from others. We tell ourselves our life is our own creation, that everything is in our own hands. We all […]

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House of the Virgins

Everything you need, at any moment, is right in front of you. You just haven’t been taught to see. We are born into this life thinking our salvation comes from attaining. We must get toys and houses and bigger cars with televisions in the back seats. And when that doesn’t work, some of us turn to spirituality. We go to yoga retreats and get certifications or sign up for classes […]

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Mother, Father, and Child

I always knew a mother’s love. My mother was never perfect, because no one is. There have been plenty of times as an adult that I’ve looked back on my childhood ticking my fingers, thinking about what could have been done better, or handled differently. But on this point there was never a doubt: my mother has, and continues to, love me fiercely, wildly, with a passion I can’t explain. […]

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What Is Humility?

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” –SexyJesus I never thought much about humility until I was asked to do a job I just couldn’t do. Up until that point in my life, I had a pretty good opinion of myself. I was righteous. I was good. When something came down the pike at me, I handled it with aplomb. (Or so […]

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