Achievement is talent plus preparation. — Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers. Are you already struggling with your Lenten Discipline? Whether you are or not, you will soon learn that true discipline is hard work. I’ve always been fascinated by Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule. To learn about his defense of his theory I recommend his article in The New Yorker. A Lenten discipline…

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Who’s got the bright pearl that calms the oceans? — I Ching If we are not careful, Lent can quickly become all about self, but Jesus warns us against public displays of piety. Beware of practicing your righteousness before others in order to be seen by them…” Matthew 6:1. I Ching’s words remind that someone we touch might…

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Any good football coach will tell you that champions are made during the off season — fourth quarter class and spring practice. To a large extent Lent is the spring practice for all of us who want to develop a spiritual discipline that will carry us through the year. Whatever happened last year — a…

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That’s right tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday followed by Ash Wednesday. The Hubbell Pew began as a Lenten discipline to do something positive during Lent because I found it impossible to abstain from Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for the whole 45 days of Lent. That’s right Lent is not forty days long. Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday is actually…

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