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Grace before

Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, remember to give thanks for the many blessings in your life.

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say, grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. -GK Chesterton

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We are all artists

As you start this week, may you find a nugget of courage to do the hard thing your heart is aching to do. May you find enough freedom to do something brave and risky, something that taps that gift you were given but haven’t yet fully and outwardly exercised. We are all artists in some (read more…)

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A slower summer benediction

As you start this week, may you enjoy the slowing dawn of a simpler, unhurried summer. (Even if it’s not quite summer in your neck of the woods.) Our summer season started rather unofficially this past weekend, and I’m already savoring a different rhythm to my liturgy—lingering mornings, unconventional sorts of work projects, a deceleration (read more…)

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Be present in the present

As you start this week, may you experience rest and contentment in finding yourself exactly where you are, both literally and figuratively. There is a time for being a mover and a shaker, a person who makes it happen. But there is also a time for being still, in the moment, listening, waiting, and resting. (read more…)

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Slow down, listen well, bravely ask

As you start this week, may you be mindful of the people put in your life that surround you with good. Take note of the details of these people—the way they hold themselves, how they listen, the color and mood they seem to represent, the beauty that’s found deep within everyone. May you remember to (read more…)

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