Grow Where You Are Planted

Tags: Gardening, Inspiration, Prayer

June 26, 2010 21:48

About three weeks ago, my first bulb catalogue came in. For a gardener, it's like seeing the first Christmas merchandise roll into the stores after Labor Day. I'm not quite ready to think about it yet. I took this photo of these single late tulips this past spring. Unfortunately, I've forgotten the name, and wouldn't you know it, they're not included in this year's catalogue. I know I'm not...


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God’s Well Tended Flock

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

June 25, 2010 16:35

"For this is our God,

whose people we are,

God's well-tended flock." Psalm 95:7

I know they might be a bit hard to make out, but there eight little ducklings in the photo above. They were really small, about half the size of my fist. I want to share with you the story behind the photo. I think it's a good one.

On the last day of my retreat last week, I drove over to Patapsco State Park, about a ten...


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Making All Things New

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Travel

June 24, 2010 06:33

Using laser beams, archeologists working in Rome recently uncovered what are believed to be the oldest surviving frescoes of the Apostles Peter, Andrew, John, and Paul. Dating from the 4th century these works of art are located in the catacombs of St. Tecla. They've known that there were frescoes there, but they were covered with a thick layer of centuries old calcium build-up. It took...


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Simple Things

Tags: Dessert

June 23, 2010 07:25

Yesterday, I had some visitors from Italy. My friend Diego brought his grandparents over for a quick visit, and although they don't speak any English, and I don't really speak any Italian, we got by great.Diego's maternal grandparents were at my house once before. I had just purchased the place, and it was a wreck. It had some pretty big structural problems, and ultimately the entire first...


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Food Habits

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Main-course, Vegetarian

June 22, 2010 18:26

When I began changing my eating habits, I was encouraged by the line in Matthew's Gospel where Jesus asked, "isn't life more than food..?" (5:25). So much of our lives today revolve around eating and drinking. In and of itself, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it seems to me that many of us have taken it to the extreme.On the NBC evening news last night (6/21/10), I happened to catch a...


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Summer is Here

Tags: Main-course, Vegan, Vegetarian

June 20, 2010 16:48

summer burger recipes on their website. I can't decide which one to try out first, but the Black and Blue burger seems to be calling my name. I don't eat much cheese any more, but I think I'll use some blue cheese dressing, then bring the bottle in for my coworkers to use on their salads.Morningstar even has a pdf document covering the basics of grilling veggie burgers. They think of everything...


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Post Retreat I

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Spirit

June 19, 2010 18:39

There's a lot of thoughts floating through my head today, having just made an eight day silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. I'm planning one writing about several key insights over the next couple of weeks, and I thought I just as well might start today.During the past three retreats, my director has been a man named Stephen. On the surface, one might assume that he...


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Holes in the Fence

Tags: Inspiration, Mind, Spirit

June 18, 2010 16:51

Well, I'm back from my retreat. It was a good one, and I'll be sharing some of the experiences with you over the next couple of weeks. I came across this little story while I was away, and I thought I'd share it with you. I hope it has as much meaning for you as it did me.

There was once a boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper,...


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Three Minute Retreat

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

June 15, 2010 05:21

three minute retreat. Is that all it takes? Yes, and I've actually found that on some crazy days, I have to slow myself down or I would have it done in two. Of course, you could also stretch it out to, say, five minutes if you wanted to.Following Ignatian Spirituality, these short refections begin with a beautiful image. With some instrumental music if you like, you'll scroll through a...


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