Seeing the World Anew: Peace – Pilgrimage of Resurrection through Creative Practice (a love note)

This is the third in a series of eight reflections over the season of Easter on making a pilgrimage of resurrection. Word for Today: Peace In the gospel reading this Sunday, Jesus invites his disciples to see with new eyes. They are frightened and uncertain, because something so radically new is happening. They have grown […]

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April 18: Essence – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Essence Anytime we have a desert experience in our lives, something is stripped away. It may be loss of possessions, loss of identity, or loss of a loved one….This stripping away forces us to return to the essence of things. We are thrust into the arms of what is most sacred to […]

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April 17: Beauty – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Beauty If we’re really honest with ourselves, in a world where terrible things happen there must be room made for doubt. We must give ourselves and others space to wrestle with the essential questions of our lives. Believing in times of beauty and transcendence leads us to the idea there must also […]

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Monk in the World guest post: Karen Erlichman

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission for the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Karen Erlichman's reflections on the connection between being a monk in the world and the Jewish practice of Mussar: Being a Mussar Monk In Judaism we don't have monks. I don’t even know if we […]

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April 16: Simplicity – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Simplicity The invitation from the desert elders is to practice simplicity first. When we find this simplicity, they believed, we find true life. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: What brings you to life?       Next steps: Let the word, […]

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April 15: Fasting – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Fasting Fasting isn’t just for its own sake….Fasting is really an invitation to authentic freedom. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective question: What are the things in your life, from material possessions to personal beliefs, which weigh you down and restrict you, obscuring your […]

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