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  • The Examen
    Today’s Reflection ONE OF THE SPIRITUAL PRACTICES I have come to love is the practice of Examen, or a prayerful examination of the day. The practice comes from Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a sixteenth-century mystic and the founder of the Jesuit order of priests. He believed this form of prayer to be one of the […]
  • All Are Beloved
    Today’s Reflection COMPASSION IS THE VITAL CORE of Christianity. Jesus summed up all of his teachings with the commandment to love God with our entire being, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Tragically, however, we are rarely encouraged to extend compassion to ourselves. In fact, it has often been downright discouraged. . . . […]
  • Promise-Keeping God
    Today’s Reflection THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY REFORMER Martin Luther said that the gospel comes to us in the form of promise: God has acted and will act to save us. The God of the Bible is a promise-making, promise-keeping God. … When we forget that God relates to us on the basis of gracious promise, we may […]

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