Preparations in the Dark [SSL88]

Preparations in the Dark [SSL88]

It’s time for another Wednesday audio delivery of Spark My Muse.
This is Soul School Lesson 88
 [SSL88]

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Soul School-Lesson 57: The Prisoner Prayer

Soul School-Lesson 57: The Prisoner Prayer

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Today on Soul School I am sharing a version of a presentation on prayer that I gave to the inmates at Federal Prison FCI Schuylkill who (voluntarily) attend ongoing LIFE Ministry (Christian) classes.

My book on prayer is called LIFE AS PRAYER:


My book was inspired by Brother Lawrence and this book:

The Letters of Brother Lawrence

BIO:
Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God while serving as a brother in a monastery near Paris. For Lawrence his life was involved the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” Lawerence often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul. We must only open our hearts to receive God and God’s loving presence. For nearly 300 years this unparalleled classic (which is mainly a collection of letters from him and remembrances of him) has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God presence in all God’s majesty and feeling God’s loving presence throughout each simple day.

 


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EPS 51: The women of Sacred Ordinary Days

EPS 51: The women of Sacred Ordinary Days

Thanks for listening to the Spark My Muse podcast today. Each Friday is a conversational guest episode. Today’s episode is a Spark My Muse first–not one, but two guests–the women from the podcast Sacred Ordinary Days. Jean and Lacy have quickly grown a strong tribe as they help listeners understand the seasons and rhythms of the liturgical year. They have both launched some fascinating resources too you will want to hear more about.

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SHOW NOTES

MIN 1

Lacy (from Washington State) and Jenn  (from Texas) intro

and how did you find each other and start a podcast?

MIN 6 What is the liturgical calendar exactly why do you find it meaningful?

• Playfulness, curiosity, exploration, tools for meaningful living.

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8:30

Ritual can bring play instead of rigidity which is not what we think of with religion.

MIN 9 crafting a Rule of Life

“A rule of life offers creative boundaries in which God’s loving presence can be recognized and celebrated…” -Henry Nouwen

MIN 10:30

Ritual during Lent – Suggestions

Major theme:

Ash Wednesday the first day of LENT- remember who you are. Returning to dust and remembering your own mortality and your interior journey.

Not just about fasting.

MIN 12:00

Lent means “Spring” or springtime. Awake the true self and cast off the false self.

Fasting, prayer, alms giving bring us towards life. Death of the false self.

Preparation for Easter and it starts in the dark like a seed starts underground.

MIN 14:30 Lent is 40 days. Sundays aren’t counted because they are feast days.

40 days is a time of testing that leads us towards life.

Holy Saturday – the tomb day a day of despair.

MIN 16:30 The seasons covered in the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

The church year, the Christian year, the liturgical year and learning alongside others.

Facebook.com/groups/sacredordinarydaystribe

MIN 18:30

Journeying in real time with everyone from all walks of life and in all age groups.

MIN 20

Lori Neff – Midday Connection – Lacy’s perpetual Calendar

Jenn’s Day Planner and KickStarter project

MIN 22

Lectionary

Daily Office

Liturgy means “the work of the people”

Reordering the days, minutes, and hours, and something to make it simple.

MIN 26

Lacy’s perpetual calendar and thematic seasonal prompts.

MIN 29

How the dates shift each year based on the vernal equinox and full moons.

The book of common prayer

asacredjourney.net/calendar

LENT 2016 February 10 – March 26 (but not Sundays)

MIN 32

Season of disruption where you make space and grieving the sad things about life. It prepares you for other sorrowful times in life. And prepares us to truly celebrate the wonderful times as well. We can hold both together. There are paradoxes. Both/And

MIN 35 Being fully human.

MIN 36 “It’s all grace.”

MIN 37

The underlying season remains and we can return to it whenever we need it.

MIN 38

Where you can find them.

Soul School – Lesson 19: When Spring is Underground

Soul School – Lesson 19: When Spring is Underground

Thanks for listening to Soul School which comes out each Wednesday. Be sure to listen on Friday for the weekly guest episode too. This week (2/19/16), it’s the amazing Bruce Van Horn!

Today’s episode is about the lesser-known themes of Lent.

LENT means Springtime.
In much of the Northern Hemisphere of the world during this season spring has NOT sprung,
but it has started underground. This is a metaphor for our interior lives at times too, isn’t it?

When everything seems barren, rebirth can be right there underground.

Millions of people around the world focus on this nature of the human experience. The new life that comes after a time of dormancy and expectancy in the 40 days before Easter is celebrated each year. See how the themes can benefit you as you consider them personally, even if you don’t follow the liturgical calendar. 

Want to encounter this season more deeply and transformationally than ever this year? 

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`~Lisa


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