Living The Christian Life

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Commentary: I’m only a few years away from the Biblical fourscore years - a reminder to me that earthly life really does come to an end - whenever - yet believing with faith that life eternal is waiting! Reflecting upon one’s past life experiences as an “older person&rdquo...

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Journey Of A Benedictine Oblate

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Oblates are Christian men or women, lay or ordained, married or single, who seek to integrate the spirit of Saint Benedict in their daily lives.The role of Oblates is to live in the world and to do what they can to bring the world to God by being witnesses of Christ by word and example to...

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Pray for the Unborn

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In 1941 a 16-year old single girl who was pregnant made the decision she would not be able to care and provide for her child when born, and insisted Social Services help her find  a home for her child at birth. She interviewed a couple who had adopted several children, and agreed to...

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Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina (“Divine Reading") is a method of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to lead to a greater understanding of Holy Scripture (God’s Word),and closer communion with God.The roots of scriptural reflection and interpretation go back to Origen in the 3rd...

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Watch and Pray

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Jesus Prays in Gethsemane      Matthew 26:36-46 (NKJV) Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be...

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Praying the Penitential Psalms

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The Book of Psalms has been the prayer book of the Church for centuries, the six Penitential Psalms being especially relevant during Lent. Psalm 6  (Penitential)                                   ...

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Lenten Prayer of St Ephraim

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O Lord and Master of my life, Keep from me the spirit of indifference And discouragement, Lust of power, and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me, Your servant, The spirit of wholeness of being, Humble-mindedness, patience, and love. O Lord and King, Grant me the grace to be aware of my sins And...

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Hymns of the Daily Office

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From the earliest days of the Church there have existed two main forms of liturgical Christian worship: the Holy Eucharist, and the daily round of prayer known as the Liturgy of the Hours, Daily Office, or Divine Office. Shown below are the Hymns for each Office. The Customary times for...

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Trusting in God

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Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.O my soul, you have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You."     Psalm 16:1-2 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;My God, my strength, in whom I...

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Christian Character (Holy Scripture)

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Christian Character (Holy Scripture) There are numerous books, periodicals, articles and other writings on the subject of “Christian Character”……with a diverse array of approaches and opinions…..some very enriching and thought-provoking, some difficult to...

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