Lenten Meditations

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Lenten Meditation: March 9

by Susan Russell

Since we are knee deep in the election cycle and “political correctness” is back in the news, I revisited a piece I wrote for the Huffington Post on the subject last year and found I wouldn’t change a word:

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Lenten Meditation: March 8

by Jenny Tisi

I make memory quilts. Each one is different and unique in its own way because I tend to not work with patterns. Some materials that make up the quilts come from childhood t-shirts, baby clothes, and even a wedding gown. Some are made for graduation gifts, and some for family members who have lost a loved one.

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Lenten Meditation: March 7

by Susan Russell

As we pass the midway point in the 40 Day Lenten Journey to Easter, I recall some of the words that launched our trek on Ash Wednesday: Is not this the fast I choose: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

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Lenten Meditation: March 3

by Isaac Ruelas

There is a quote hanging in the Senior High Room,“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” This saying has attached itself to my consciousness this season of Lent, and is the challenge I am taking on.

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Lenten Meditation: March 2

by Anne Peterson

On a personal retreat at the Center for Spiritual Renewal in Montecito the first weekend in Lent I sat in the garden at a table …

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Lenten Meditation: February 29

by Bob Hunter

Today is Leap Day. It happens once every four years (unless it is a centennial year divisible by 400) because our calendar year is approximately 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds longer than 365 days. So once every four years in our annual calendar we add an extra day at the end of February which we call “leap day”. Since “we” do this to “our” calendar it makes leap day (leap year) a human invention.

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Lenten Meditation: February 27

by Susan Russell

Last week in his sermon “Staying on Message” when Ed Bacon cited this frequently quoted quote “Hurt people hurt people” I watched as literally dozens of people reached for pens to write it down on their liturgy bulletins.

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Lenten Meditation: February 26

by Juliana Serrano

In 2001 while I was as a student at Loyola Marymount University, I had the pleasure of meeting a Buddhist monk that was visiting from Tibet. He and I spoke for over two hours one afternoon as other monks were creating a sand Mandala in the atrium of one of the buildings. We talked about faith and religion – our similarities and our differences. And at the end of our conversation he asked me “do you meditate?”

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Lenten Meditation: February 25

by Susan Russell

I loved Madeline L’Engle. Her Wrinkle in Time is on my list of all time favorite books — and one of the greatest treats of my life to get to attend one her writer’s workshops at Mount Calvary in Santa Barbara. These words of hers seem to me to have a particular relevance mid-way through Lent.

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