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The great Dutch mystic Thomas a’ Kempis was the author of the Christian devotional classic Imitation of the Christ. In this prayer credited to Thomas we see the beauty of grace. “Forgiving as we have been forgiven.” If we can […]

St. Augustine didn’t trust his physical body. Prior to his conversion to Christianity Augustine had lived to please and indulge his own appetites. For the rest of his life on earth he considered his “flesh” as the enemy of his […]

St. Augustine didn’t trust his physical body. Prior to his conversion to Christianity Augustine had lived to please and indulge his own appetites. For the rest of his life on earth he considered his “flesh” as the enemy of his […]

In his spiritual autobiography, Confessions Augustine tells the story of his wandering, painful quest to find true peace. He searched in philosophy and religion, in self indulgence and in self effacement. He found peace finally only when God found him. […]

Augustine was Bishop of Hippo in North Africa in the 4th-5th century. Except for the writers of the New Testament, no one has had more influence than Augustine in establishing Christian belief and practice. This prayer to the Holy Spirit […]

Matthew 6:9-13 “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Some things to think about: Of course God’s will is done in heaven.  But on earth?  Was 9-11 “God’s will?”  Is child molestation or […]

Matthew 6:9-13 “Hallowed be thy name” Some things to think about: Praise. Call him Holy. Speak the name of the Lord. What an invitation! Here prayer is to be praise… with a specific identity attached: God’s. Your name is the […]

But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry… Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues”   It’s Lent and I’ll be giving up Barry Manilow… for […]

Matthew 6:9-13 “Our Father who art in Heaven…” Let’s start this Ash Wednesday on a prayer journey. We call it “the Lord’s prayer.”  But actually, it is our prayer, taught to us by Jesus.  It is a beautiful template to […]

Fat Tuesday is now swept up in the trash bins of the French Quarter. Ash Wednesday and Lent has arrived. Many followers of Jesus set aside these next 40 days leading to Holy Week as a focused time for fasting […]