Archive | September, 2009

Sophie Crashes

I was just nursing Ben and checking my email when I looked up to see Sophie had grabbed her blankie and her dolly and put herself down for her nap on the living room floor under Ben’s swing. Guess this morning’s trip to the playground wore her out.

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Trials and Patience

My brothers, you will always have your trials but, when they come, try to treat them as a happy privilege; you understand that your faith is only put to the test to make you patient, but patience too is to have its practical results so that you will become fully-developed, complete, with nothing missing. James […]

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Praying

Today I am lighting a candle and praying for peace. Today I pray for the repose of those who died, may they find eternal rest. Today I pray for the families and friends who are still grieving their losses, that they may be consoled. Today I pray for our law enforcement officials, that they may […]

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Toddlers and the Spiritual Life

This morning I cleaned the front windows in the living room, dusted the windowsill and everything on it. Then this afternoon since the cleaning supplies were out, I washed the sliding glass door. Wiped it until it was perfectly clear. I knew it wouldn’t last. Before I was even done, Sophie had slapped a peanut-buttery […]

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Treading Water

I’ve been feeling glum again. About the state of the house again. I can resign myself to dirt and chaos for a limited time; but it still gets to me. A continual background whine that can only be tuned out for so long before I start to claw at my ears. The house needs major […]

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Mercy

Go read this beautiful piece by Katherine of Evlogia about the Jesus Prayer, about God’s mercy, about what is lost in translation: Often our English words have already been charged with meaning before they are borrowed to explain the truths of Faith. This leads to confusion. Often we use the same words, but mean different […]

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