Total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation — St. Augustine I love this quote because it is so vey true. The Lenten season brings this wisdom home for me every year. One oatmeal raisin cookie will send me off on a bender, where if I can totally abstain I might just make it forty days. (Notice…

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Lent is a season of gifts. Think about it. Through prayer, meditation, fasting, and service we become what the Buddhists refer to as mindful. More aware is another way to put it. Every person we encounter brings us gifts whether they be life’s lessons, a part of a culture with which we are not familiar,…

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Lent is a time to incline our hearts toward God, much like a flower or a blade of grass follows the sun across the sky. My Yoga instructor was lamenting her schedule, saying there was never any time for family or church. It wasn’t my place, especially as I was twisted like a pretzel, to…

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I Believe That Any Act of Creativity Is An Act Against Destruction — Mary W. Cox During Lent we are inclined to focus on improving self and our Lenten discipline, but despite our reflective efforts the rest of the world continues to spin seemingly out of control. It is incumbent upon us all to continue to be…

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Even the unforgotten is still forgiven. — Teresa Mateus After, I read the above I wondered whether God forgets. I know he forgives. Is God like me in that I have trouble remembering joyful moments, but the painful moments never seem to go away? I don’t think so, rather the opposite. God can always recall the joy,…

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