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July 5 Devotional

You called, You cried, you shattered my deafness. You sparkled, you blazed, You drove away my blindness. You shed your fragrance, and I drew in my breath, and I pant for You. I tasted and now I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and now I burn with longing for your peace. ("Confessions" by St. Augustine)...

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July 4 Devotional

The spiritual guidance Brother Lawrence ("Practicing the Presence of God") offers is simple: the love of God is everything, a love that surrounds and enfolds us. Out of this love should proceed a rhythm of continual internal awareness of God. Our constant conversation with God helps us to remember that he is our partner in everything we do. Br. Lawrence used to say to the ...

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July 3 Devotional

Intimacy is all about connection. Nowhere do we see this more visibly portrayed that here in John 15:1-11. Jesus is speaking to his disciples in the upper room, trying to prepare them for what is to come and the ministry that will follow. He’s telling them what his deepest hopes are for their (as well as our) relationship with him in the days ahead. ...

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July 2 Devotional

Intimacy is often confused with closeness. We think we’re intimate when we’re close. That may be true, but the desire for closeness may also become a trap. It can gradually force us to deny ourselves (our true selves) and to live a lie in order to maintain the illusion of warmth and togetherness. This produces an unnatural “truce” in which our true passion is sacri...

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July 1 Devotional

God dwells within you. You are yourself the tabernacle, his secret hiding place. Rejoice, exult, for all you could possibly desire, all your heart’s longing is so close, so intimate as to be within you; you cannot be without him. - John of the Cross...

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June 30 Devotional

’ve been thinking a lot lately about the whole idea of intimacy. Particularly about what it really is and how it is created and nurtured - as well as what are obstacles and hindrances to the cultivating of intimacy in relationships. I have a suspicion that, like most things, if we consider how intimacy is developed and grown between people it will help us begin to unders...

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June 29 Devotional

O God, who existed before all things, draw near to my heart today as I draw near to yours. Grant that as we are together during this time - as well as this day - I will know of your presence to the very core of my being. Let me experience the intimacy with you that I was created for. In the name of Jesus, the Word made flesh. Amen....

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June 28 Devotional

The story of the Sacred Romance begins not with God alone, the Author at his desk, but with God in relationship, intimacy beyond our wildest imagination, heroic intimacy. The Trinity is at the center of the universe; perfect relationship is the heart of reality. Think of your best moments of love or friendship or creative partnership, the best times with family or friends...

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June 27 Devotional

To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. ("Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke)...

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June 26 Devotional

They say that the things we spend the most time beholding are the things we ultimately end up becoming in the long run. Somehow those things that occupy our hearts and minds tend to form us in ways we are not even fully aware of. Therefore, it seems pretty important that we be very intentional about what we are beholding on a regular basis. To behold is much different from...

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