Turn Dailiness into Time with God

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Labor Day marks the transition from summer to fall.  You have already been back in school for a week or two but now the real dailiness of life begins again.  Already, it is tempting to go back to summer. It takes doggedness to live a routine life.

As the semester takes you deeper into the routine, you will move from test to test, from idea to idea, and distraction to distraction.The routine that was meant to focus our minds soon limits our ability to move forward because our battery runs low, leaving us disconnected from the true things that matter.

The way through the dullness of routine is to turn dailiness into time with God.  Waiting at a bus stop, cleaning, studying, paying bills, eating.  These things can become a gift of time to dream, to pause, to remember.

Notice the beauty of the world. Look at the stranger next to you.  Pay attention to the thoughts and passions that are bubbling up inside of you.  Observe those who have and those who don’t.

Only then can the chaos, the distractions and the burdens of the daily be countered by the “Spirit within us, in whom we live and move and have our being”. As our minds are focused on God, purpose, meaning and energy carries us forward.

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40 Lenten Ideas

Janet Schaeffler, OP
(Vibrant Faith Ministries, Faith Formation Learning Exchange.net)

As Lent approaches each year, often our minds turn to, “what will we do; what will we give up?”

Instead let’s nudge our people to consider the following: instead of giving up, why not put something in, something that will take hold and stay with us for the rest of our lives. Remember Lent is about change/conversion. Real penance is to live life well: to be the mercy and peace of God toward others.

Here are forty ideas to suggest to people in our faith communities.

Stylish Faith

By Jordan Connell

Some LCMers had a discussion recently about different learning styles and how they relate to one’s faith.  We spoke, specifically, of kinesthetic learners, which got me thinking about the olympics, which got me thinking about the Jamaican bobsled team, which got the song from Cool Runnings stuck in my head.  But don’t worry, I’ll bring it back around now.  

I find the idea of differing learning styles related to faith and worship particularly interesting.  I’ve always felt that there are many different ways to have a relationship with God, and I’ve yet to find one that is better than any other.  Each individual has a different style of learning, or multiple styles of learning.  How can one individual’s method of viewing the world be the “right” one for anyone, except themselves?  Until I’ve explored as many faith styles as possible, I won’t even know which style is best for me, let alone have an opinion on what works best for anyone else.  I think each individual has to find their own way to connect to their faith, whether it be at the top of a mountain or the back pew of the sanctuary.   I suppose I’ll have to give up hope of connecting to God through a triple lutz or travelling down an icy slide at 80 mph, but maybe my sitting in front of the TV supporting people who can will be just as meaningful.

How do you connect to your faith?

A Vocation in Faith

By Melissa Lacy

Recently, we’ve been talking about vocation at LCM. Not vacation, but vocation (a lot less fun to think about, but a lot more practical). Two of our fabulous students shared their certainties and uncertainties about the future, both pursuing extremely admirable and helpful careers in education and health care. While listening to them describe what they wanted to do and how they hoped to achieve their goals, I thought about my own vocation, which most people would be loath to describe as either admirable or helpful.

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