Tag Archive for ‘Catholicism’

An Offering Instead of a Gift

Most people consider themselves unworthy. They may not admit this to themselves. They may never say it out loud, or even know they feel this way. But when it comes to the opportunity to receive, they put up their hands, they turn away, they back out. Because for so long, we’ve only been taught what it’s like to take. Doesn’t the Catholic mass, in preparation for breaking bread and joining […]

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FirstDay Sermon: Should You Be Empty?

A lot of meditation teachers talk about the practice of “emptying” yourself when you sit down to pray. A word about prayer vs. meditation. These two are pretty much the same. Prayer tends to be something we do with words, while we think of meditation as silence. But I’ve done some meditation in kundalini yoga that requires repeating a mantra out loud over and over again (like Catholics do with […]

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Confessions (and a Video Link)

I am weird. I have always been weird, but I have often tried to suppress that side of myself. My family doesn’t like “weird.” They are very straight-laced folks. But I love being weird. I love being creative, trying new things, getting out of my comfort zone. (Wait, can I say I love that last part? Probably not, but I love when it’s over.) And I love weird people. They are […]

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The Second Coming

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere    The ceremony of innocence is drowned….                                                 William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” I can’t explain it, so maybe I shouldn’t even try. But I love trying to put words to wordless rhythms of the soul. It’s the only art […]

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House of the Virgins

Everything you need, at any moment, is right in front of you. You just haven’t been taught to see. We are born into this life thinking our salvation comes from attaining. We must get toys and houses and bigger cars with televisions in the back seats. And when that doesn’t work, some of us turn to spirituality. We go to yoga retreats and get certifications or sign up for classes […]

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