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May 13 Devotional

“To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments.” Prayer is “our” humble “answer” to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live. ("Man’s Quest for God" by Abraham Joshua Heschel)...

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May 12 Devotional

Sometimes it’s difficult to see clearly in the midst of our own life’s circumstances. During such times the struggle and turmoil of day-to-day existence allows us only to be able to see what is right in front of us - which can leave us both overwhelmed and paralyzed. What we need is someone that can take us up above the clouds and the chaos of this life, to higher grou...

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May 11 Devotional

What part of this encounter with God speaks most deeply to you right now? In what ways are you wrestling with God these days? What do you think is God’s intent in that? How does he long to change you? How might a limp be a part of that?...

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May 10 Devotional

God is always the initiator. Sometimes we do not recognize it, but that does make it any less true. In this case, Jesus had been with these journeyers long enough to where you would have thought they would have recognized his presence among them before they did. But then again, for some mysterious reason, they were being kept from recognizing him until just the right time....

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May 9 Devotional

Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. Solitude begins with a time and place for God, and Him alone. If we really believe not only that God exists but also that He is actively present in our lives - healing, teaching, and guiding - we need to set aside time and space to give Him our undivided attention. ("Making All Things New" by Henri J.M. ...

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May 8 Devotional

The desert initiates us into the life of the Spirit by helping us to discover who we most deeply are. To follow Christ means that we must let go of excessive attachments to passing pleasures and possessions, to ploys of autonomous power, to tangible goods as if they were ultimate. Christ asks us to abandon our idols, whatever they may be, and to love him with our entire be...

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May 7 Devotional

In solitude we can listen to the voice of him who spoke to us before we could speak a word, who healed us before we could make any gesture to help, who set us free long before we could free others, and who loved us long before we could give love to anyone. It is in solitude that we discover that being is more important than having, and that we are worth more than the resul...

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May 6 Devotional

There are two movements which must be plainly present in every complete spiritual life. The energy of its prayer must be directed on the one hand towards God; and on the other towards people. The first movement embraces the whole range of spiritual communion between the soul and God; in it we turn toward the Divine Reality in adoration, bathing, so to speak, our souls in E...

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May 5 Devotional

We are called to love the world. And God loved the world so much that he gave Jesus. Today he loves the world so much that he gives you and me to be his love, his compassion, and his presence, through a life of prayer, of sacrifice, of surrender to God. The response that Jesus asks of you is to be a contemplative....

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May 4 Devotional

A wise saint once said, “Only he who obeys a rhythm superior to his own is free.” That was certainly true in the life of Jesus. In the first chapter of Mark, here he was staying up late into the evening, the whole town at his door, healing many. And yet, before the morning light had lifted its sleepy head, he arose and went out to be with his Father. That’s because i...

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