Category Archives: Spirituality

A Global Charismatic Gathering @ the Vatican with Concerted Prayer for Christian Unity

Pope Francis greeted tens of thousands of members of the charismatic movement last Friday, July 3, who were in Rome for their 38th annual Convocation. They gathered in St Peter’s Square for an evening of prayer, spirituality, and evangelization. Italian … Continue reading

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Reflections on Forgiveness and Forgiving (Tom Masters)

Reading the text and commentary for the Focolare Movement’s “Word of Life” for May, 2015, brought to my mind an experience from two years ago when I was in Rome to meet with the editorial staff of the publishing house … Continue reading

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Who Needs a “Jubilee of Mercy”?

“Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world: have mercy upon us.” Each one of us, many times during our lives, have raised our voices and cried, “Lord have mercy.” Mercy is the kind of forgiving treatment … Continue reading

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The Spirituality of Designer Religions (Monte Wilson)

You can’t read a magazine or watch TV without hearing some rock star or movie actor gushing on and on about being a “spiritual person.” Same goes for Facebook, where people post such profound bon mots as, “I am not religious. I am spiritual.” Maybe … Continue reading

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Living in Community, Living in Love

Yesterday, I wrote about the desert fathers and mothers. One of the most prominent of them all was Antony of the desert. After reading Jesus’ words to the rich younger ruler Antony, sensing the spiritual deadness of his own soul … Continue reading

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The Wilderness and the Desert: Images for Christian Living?

Two of the most lasting images used by the Christian church to describe the spiritual life, especially among the desert fathers and mothers, are wilderness and the desert. Had I not learned these two images in the early 1990s I … Continue reading

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A Special Season in the Desert – A Journey into Deeper Ecumenism (3)

What God gave to me in the late 1990s, and into the early years of this present century, was a settled assurance that he would go with me into a desert. There I would feel abandoned at times but he … Continue reading

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A Special Season in the Desert – A Journey Into Deeper Ecumenism (2)

My Saturday evening story of Christian unity, that I wrote about yesterday, was connected with two ministries I partnered with for several days: CRM and the City of the Lord. The City of the Lord has centers in Tempe (Phoenix), … Continue reading

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Faith Energized By Love

As I have been reading and writing on love for more than thirteen months now I am awestruck by so much that is transforming my own  life. Here is but one example. A Pauline text that has deeply moved me can … Continue reading

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Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (2)

Yesterday I reported on the comments that Pope Francis made to the Roman Catholic Curia just prior to Christmas. He enumerated fifteen ailments he saw in the curia. (The term curia is foreign to many evangelicals. The curia consists of those officials … Continue reading

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