Prayer and Gratitude
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Prayer and Gratitude

Each night at dinner, we share our prayer requests with each other. After we finish eating, we pray for each other’s requests. We include my 7 year old in this process, and respectfully pray for her requests no matter what. Her latest ongoing request? To “get superpowers.” I know I’m tempted at times to “educate”…

Hell in the Hallway
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Hell in the Hallway

When the Bishop directed me to chaplaincy instead of ordination, my spiritual director told me: “When God closes one door, He opens another, but it’s hell in the hallway.” I laughed, and I’ve held that quote close to me in the last couple of years. I’ve never been one to enjoy transitions. For as long…

Insomniac Buildings
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Insomniac Buildings

Buildings are inverted at night. Huge windows that let in light and natural views become menacing black mirrors. The light fixtures that can’t compete with sunlight become harsh and glaring. The thermostat is wrong, no matter what it’s set to. Our homes, although cozier than institutions, have the same feeling of wrongness at 3:00 AM,…

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The Ugly Truth

One side effect of vague priorities is that our time actually gets diverted away from what we value into what is most demanding. The squeaky wheels in our lives are great at drowning out the quieter voices of priorities, things like self-care, quality conversations, uni-tasking, and meditation. So how can you find out where your…

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Emotional Boundaries

Emotional boundaries help us heal from toxic relationships and trauma. They also guide us into healthy relationships. Finally, emotional boundaries protect us from harm. When setting emotional boundaries, especially boundaries intended to aid in recovery, it’s important to remember that boundaries are not permanent. If you are leaving an abusive relationship, you will most likely…