“Let no one who has cultivated the practice of contemplative prayer grow discouraged and say, ‘If I end up reverting to my old ways, it would be better for me to give up prayer altogether.’ I believe things will get worse if the person abandons prayer and refuses to quit his bad habits. But if…

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While we are not yet able to physically come together for communal prayer, we are grateful for technology and the many ways it enables us to keep connected, continuing to hold one another in loving care. We invite you to join in this short prayer service, knowing that we are praying with you and for you…

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I WALK INTO 2021 HOLDING IN MY HANDS…

The threshold of a new year brings an opportunity to revisit the past year and look towards the future with renewed guidance…

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment!  This past summer, I had the lovely privilege of supervising a graduate student from Saint John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, MN while she worked on her field education. Her name is Katie Jonza and she is studying for a degree in…

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November is a special month for many reasons…the end of the harvest and the celebration of its bounty, the definitive change in light, the movement of fall toward winter, and in the church, the remembrance of the saints and all those who have passed through the veil before us. For me, it is a time…

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As for many, morning walks have been my lifeline and place of grounding during the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing me perspective and a sense of peace in the midst of a turbulent world. The natural beauty of the Duluth area offers me a glimpse of God—and, therefore, hope—every time I step out of my door. Recently,…

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A friend of mine describes the deadly coronavirus scourging the world as a “spiritual earthquake”. It’s tempting to think of the virus as some mad terrorist rampaging across the globe wreaking death and destruction wherever it goes. I prefer to think of this pandemic as a time of reawakening –

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Here in Central Minnesota, I am lucky to have a beautiful small garden on the banks of the Mississippi River.  I have tended this garden for ten years.  Right now, it is filled with blooms—Lilies, Bee Balm, Canna, Corn flowers, Phlox, Black-eyed Susans, and Hosta scapes that seem to shake their one finger at everyone.…

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