Spirituality and You

Spirituality and You: Patience

Monday, September 18, 2017

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An affirmation for patience:

Patience is a spiritual practice that is beneficial to cultivate so I can feel more at ease in my life. I grow through every human experience, especially those that I don’t like or plan for. There is divine order woven into the fabric of my days. 

 –by Jan Lundy

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Edith Wharton has said that there are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Sometimes we are the candle. We shed light of love and hope. We shine encouragement into dark souls, for this is a bleak and cold world for too many people, a frightening and lonely place in need of light. Francis of Assisi got it right: “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”

But sometimes we are the mirror that reflects light. We reflect back what we see in others to help them see their own light — their own goodness and beauty, their own strength and resiliency and resourcefulness.

There are two ways of spreading light — to be the candle or the mirror. Which are you?

— Steve Goodier

On this anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, let us spread the light of goodness, love, and peace wherever we go. Our world is so much in need of LIGHT.

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Spirituality and You: The “Be”-Attitudes

Monday, August 28, 2017

Be understanding to your enemies. Be loyal to your friends.
Be strong enough to face the world each day. Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.
Be generous to those who need your help. Be frugal with what you need yourself.
Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything. Be foolish enough [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Life Is Meant to be Lived

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Life is to be lived. No excuses. No reservations. No holding back.
An enchanting story about the talented violinist Fritz Kreisler tells how he once came across a beautiful instrument he wanted to acquire. When he finally raised the money for the violin, he returned to buy it and learned that it had already been sold [more…]

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Spirituality and You: All the Joy You Need

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thirteenth Century priest Thomas Aquinas once said, “No one can live without joy.” But many people do live joyless lives. And the reason is often simply because they don’t know how to be happy. They are so intent on the three P’s – power, prosperity and prestige – that they miss out on simple joy.
We [more…]

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Spirituality and You: All-embracing Love

Monday, July 10, 2017

Spirituality and You: All-embracing love
Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If [more…]

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Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spirituality and You: Independence Day
People in the United States are gearing up to celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Our country was born on July 4, 1776, when 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence to mark their separation from Great Britain. The Fourth of July is the most popular holiday in the [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Prayer

Monday, June 5, 2017

For Jesus, prayer seems to be a matter of waiting in love, returning to love, trusting that love is the unceasing stream of reality. Prayer isn’t primarily words; it’s a place, an attitude, a stance. That’s why Paul could say, “Pray unceasingly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). If we think of prayer as requiring words, it is [more…]

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National Day of Prayer: May 4, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. Created by a join Congressional resolution 1952 and signed into law by President Truman, it has become a uniting observance for people of all faiths. Click here to visit the National Day of Prayer web site. This year’s theme is For Your [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Listen Up

Monday, May 1, 2017

“When people speak from outrage and anger, when they talk about arguments and conflicts, listen carefully. They are telling you what is important to them. They are telling you their values.”
–Hildy Gottlieb
In this quote, Hildy encourages us to listen up. When people talk blame and conflict they are really talking about values. As she instructs: [more…]

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