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2017 Peace Novena Day 9: Wisdom from Abraham Lincoln

2017 Peace Novena Day 9 Let us pray for our nation, ourselves, and for our new leaders taking office today. May we practice compassionate listening, merciful justice, and a true embrace of unity of purpose. Divided We Fall Today we inaugurate the 45th President of the United States. And so let us pray for him […]

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2017 Peace Novena Day 7: What Matters

Choose What Matters I pray that as we enter day 7 of the 2017 Peace Novena, we are able to concentrate on what matters most, focusing our attention on what is within our power to choose and letting go of that which matters least (and is often beyond our control anyway). (If you don’t have […]

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2017 Peace Novena Day 6: Peaceful Persistent Prayer at Standing Rock: Echoes of Dr. King

Echoes of Dr. King at Standing Rock I pray that we can recognize the power of collective peaceful persistent prayer to achieve what appear to be impossible ends. (If you don’t have time for prayer AND reading this post, please choose prayer. Novena rituals and prayer) Non-Violent Icons Show Us the Way Dr. Martin Luther King, […]

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2017 Peace Novena Day 5: Perception Is Reality

Perception Is Reality I pray that we are able to recognize that our belief or truth is only part of the whole truth and that those who ascribe to a different belief or truth also have part of that whole. In this recognition, may we be gentle with those who disagree with us, embracing their […]

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2017 Peace Novena Day 4: Gratitude

Day 4: Count your blessings in this moment, now. I pray that we all have the awareness to be grateful for what is; that we can stay in the present moment with pure hope for future blessings as we count the blessings we currently enjoy. (If you don’t have time for prayer AND reading this post, […]

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Peace Novena 2017 Day 2: Character in the midst of suffering

As we enter day 2 of the 2017 Peace Novena, I pray that we all find ways to be kind and to listen with an open heart. (If you don’t have time for prayer and reading this post, choose prayer. Novena rituals and prayer) Suffering Is a Choice Many people are real pain as a […]

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Peace Novena 2017 Day 1: Wisely Selfish Selflessness

Day 1 Reflection: Compassion Compassion is a good place to begin nine days of prayer for peace, especially in what I consider a toxic environment of constant negativity and judgment. The “correctness police” who troll the Internet and social media have an opinion about EVERYTHING and often that opinion lacks any hint of compassion. Below […]

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Invitation & Preparation for the 2017 Novena for Peace

Like most Americans, I’m grateful that the 2016 political cycle is over. What isn’t over is the anger, angst, and division that marked it. Yet I know that we collectively possess the power to change this discomforting and destructive reality. Compassion, true understanding, and peace are possible. This is not a naïve Pollyanna dream (as I’ve sometimes been […]

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Becoming an Architect of Change

After another enjoyable time on the Architect of Change radio show, Connie Whitman asked me to share Dr. Sauvage’s 4-Step Spiritual Action Plan and a version of St. Ignatius Examen. Both can help with the spiritual discipline needed to be an architect of change for yourself and the world. During the show (which I will post […]

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Cardinal Rule 3: Exercise – Good Nutrition’s Essential Partner

From Opening Hearts, Chapter 5’s Cardinal rules for healthy living: Rule 3 Exercise Human beings are created for activity; our bodies are made to move. Yet in our technological world too many of us spend most of our lives sitting. We sit in cars, at computers, in front of televisions and desks, and at sporting […]

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