"What Does Your Hiddenness Look Like?"

"Hiddenness is an essential quality of the spiritual life.

Solitude, silence, ordinary tasks, being with people

without great agendas, sleeping, eating, working, playing...

all of that without being different from others,

that is the life that Jesus lived

and the life he asks us to live.

It is in hiddenness that we,

like Jesus, can increase

"in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God

and with people" (Luke 2:51).

It is in hiddenness that we can find

a true intimacy with God and a true love for people.

Even during his active ministry, Jesus continued to return to hidden places to be alone with God. If we don't have a hidden life with God, our public life for God cannot bear fruit."

Henri J. Nouwen

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It's Just Too Much!

"God, investigate my life;

get all the facts firsthand.

I'm an open book to you;

even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking.

You know when I leave and when I get back;

I'm never out of your sight.

You know everything I'm going to say

before I start the first sentence.

I look behind me and you're there,

then up ahead and you're there, too-

your reassuring presence, coming and going.

This is too much, too wonderful-

I can't take it all in!

Psalm 139:1-6 (MSG)

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Do You Need to Be Reminded to Breathe?

“Grant me, O Lord,

To know what is worth knowing

To love what is worth loving

To praise what delights you most

To value what is precious in your sight

To hate what is offensive to you.

May I search out and do what pleases you,

through Jesus Christ our Lord."

--Thomas A' Kempis

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What are you doing this summer?

"Intuitively, we know that it is important 

to spend time in solitude. 

 We even start looking forward 

to this strange period of uselessness. 

The discipline of solitude allows us gradually 

to come in touch 

with this hopeful presence 

of God in our lives, and allows us also to taste even now 

the beginnings of the joy and peace that belong 

 to the new heaven and the new earth."

--Henri Nouwen

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The Latest Diagnosis

Burnout - generally understood as reduced interest and productivity in one's work precipitated by overwork - can now be classified as a diagnosable condition, according to the World Health Organization.

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Margin, please?

"Margin is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. 

It is something held in reserve for contingencies 

or unanticipated situations. 

Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, 

the space between breathing freely and suffocating. 

It is the leeway we once had between ourselves and our limits." 

 --Dr. Richard Swenson

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