Jesus in the World

Jesus in the World

Post by Kathleen Schwab

A few times a week I walk downtown to run errands. A few days ago, as I headed towards the shops, I thought about a story in Gabrielle Bossis’ World War II era He and I when Bossi returned one day to her Paris home to find it filled with enemy soldiers. They had let themselves in and taken possession while she was out carrying on normal life. It must have been frightening, and she must have felt powerless. In her living room was a statue of Jesus that she normally kept reverentially covered with a cloth, but someone had removed the cloth. When she saw Jesus presiding over the scene, she knew she would be safe, even with her home full of the enemy. The act of uncovering the statue probably meant nothing to the soldiers; they were simply doing a security check. But the sight of Jesus at that moment told Gabrielle that He was watching over her. She had the eyes to see God in a situation where no one else was aware.

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Vision Divina Part 2: How Does God Speak through Images?

Vision Divina Part 2: How Does God Speak through Images?

Post by Therese Kay

This part 2 in a 3-part series on Visio Divina.  You can read part one here. 

The ancient spiritual practice of visio divina was instrumental in the creation of the devotional and is a practice we incorporated into the companion workbookPart one explained what the practice is all about.  This part, part two, explores a bit about what it means to hear God as well as the role of metaphors and images as we sit in contemplation and prayer with an image before God.  I am including many Scriptures in this section that I encourage you to look up and pray about as you explore this contemplative practice.

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Visio Divina Part 1: What Is It?

Visio Divina Part 1: What Is It?

Post by Therese Kay

This will be a 3-part series on Visio Divina.  This ancient spiritual practice was instrumental in the creation of the devotional and is a practice we incorporated into the companion workbook.  As such, I thought it was fitting that you should know more about it and ways you can incorporate it into your prayer life.

What Is Visio Divina?

Visio divina is a prayer practice that is based on the practice of lectio divinaLectio divina is Latin for divine reading and describes a way of reading the Scriptures.  […]

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In Search of a Pearl

In Search of a Pearl

I was talking with a colleague in her office the other day when we heard an “oh no!” from the hallway.  Upon investigation, we found a woman in the hall watching as the pearls scattered across the floor from her broken bracelet.  We all knew the pearls were not real, but, nonetheless all three of us began to scurry about searching for and retrieving the pearls so she could reconstruct her bracelet.  They were pretty easy to find… except one.  It eluded us and just happened to be the larger, center pearl in the bracelet.  We searched doorways and corners and under chairs.  We even recruited passersby to assist in the search.  All for naught, the pearl was not to be found. 

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