Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Christian Taglines

I saw a sign today on a church that said, "We are fishers of men. . . we catch; God cleans." Who comes up with that stuff?!!! Unbelievable.

The Loss of Brother Roger

"Brother Roger, one of the 20th century’s leading ecumenical figures, was stabbed to death by a woman during a service on Tuesday at the Taize community he founded in eastern France, local police said. Police said a woman stood up during a religious ceremony attended by some 2,500 people and stabbed Brother Roger three times in the throat. The 90-year-old died immediately."

When reading the news of Brother Roger's death, I was overwhelmed with grief. How can I feel a need to mourn the loss of a man that I have never met before? Somehow, I feel the same connection with Brother Roger that I feel with other heroes, Oscar Romero, Henri Nouwen, Mother Theresa, and the like. I have dreamed of visiting the Taize community to worship with them there.

Today, as I participate with so many others globally by praying the daily offices, my prayers focus on Taize, their community, and the life of Brother Roger. "Dear Lord, help us give our lives to prayer. May our love for connection with you draw others into your Kingdom."

Friday, August 12, 2005

Celebrating the Spiritual Disciplines

We have spent the summer studying the Spiritual Disciplines. Richard Foster's book served as the guideline, but we took each Sunday to dive into one of the disciplines. What an experience! What spiritual practices are a part of your daily life? After reading Tony Jones' book, "The Sacred Way," I find myself drawn to the ancient faith practices. The historical and spiritual life offers a deep connection beyond that of quiet time books offered at my local Christian bookstore. So tell me, what works for you?

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A Sense of Loneliness

A post from a blog ("Bridget Jones Goes to Seminary") that I find most intriguing led me to start this blog for all the women out there in Bloggerland that are ministering and leading spiritual communities. Meg's post mentioned a sense of loneliness, and many of the comments listed from it connected with her feelings.

As I approach the 30-year mark in my life, that sense of loneliness grows more defined. A direct link exists between my fear of loneliness and the steps I take further into ministry. This realiziation makes this blog critical for me! Thank you so much to the women out there who are responding and joining together. However, the emotions that I am experiencing do serve a purpose and have a cause.

So, what are the causes? Post a few as they come to your mind. . . .