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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In these days of instant gratification and wanting everything now, hope has lost favor. Hope by definition is patient, non demanding, and fearless. In times of desperation and depression it is only hope that sees us through. We believe good will win out, and this too will pass. We lose hope when we demand that…

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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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The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest. — William Shakespeare,  The Merchant of Venice, Act 4, Scene 1   I read recently a reminder of what I…

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