The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture

- Jen Wise

I feel for Peter. Isn’t that always the way? Just when we’re so sure, just when we think we’ve got it figured out, that’s when everything turns upside down. Almost immediately after the disciples pronounce that Jesus is in fact their long awaited Messiah, Jesus stuns them with the news of his imminent execution. Just when Peter thinks he’s on the right track, he learns that the right track is fraught with persecution and death. 
Most of us would react the same way...

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Darker Corners

Darker Corners

- Vito Baldini

Jesus is inviting us into a much fuller, and more honest life. We’re called to stop placing blame on others, and look deep within - past the surface. Oftentimes it takes a ‘dark night of the soul’ to drive us to this place - but even then, we need to choose to do the work...

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Letting Go

The evil we see here is real and mighty. And even though our lives may look a lot different than that of the man we meet in this story, we’ve all encountered the same kind of evil. It alienates us from our God, our community, even ourselves. Every aspect of creation is affected by it. It has overtaken our lives...

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Seeds

Seeds

Listen: to give ear to; to pay attention to; to hear something with thoughtful attention; the active process of receiving and responding to spoken (and sometimes unspoken) messages.

Listening…it’s a practice, an art, that is so natural, so human. We were made - our ears, our minds, our hearts - to pay attention.

So, what happened? Why are we so bad at listening, at paying attention?

Well…

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Citrus Beet Juice

Citrus Beet Juice

A few weeks ago while in the car my oldest son made a confession. After he prepped me with a lot of, “I’m really sorry” and “I don’t mean to offend you,” I was on the edge of my seat. What was this big confession? What could be so upsetting?

Then, he laid it on me, “Mom, I don’t like beets.” ...

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