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Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – March 4

Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – March 4

“Have peace in yourself, and thousand will find salvation around you.” St. Seraphim of Sarov These are beautiful, radical words with which Smith leaves us to meditate today.  It is ironic that they were spoken by a monk of whom Wikipedia writes, ‘As extraordinarily harsh as Seraphim often was to himself, he was kind and gentle

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Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – March 3

Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – March 3

Last week: the living God dwells within. This week: the whole cosmos, and today the whole church, exists within each of us. Smith insists these are the *foundations* of the Christian life. Yet most of us have not been trained to think in this way. We have been taught to think of ourselves as independent

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Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – March 1

Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – March 1

Smith has just spent a week helping us  locate God in the throne room of ourselves. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? Barely has the dust settled and he asks us to consider that the whole creation is also there within us. I can’t help

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Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 28

Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 28

St. John of the Ladder wrote that compunction is “the grief that leads to joy.” This is the grief that comes from first feeling loved, then seeing how far we are from the character of love. It is always grounded in God’s character, not our wretchedness. Smith wonders how many of us have actually experienced

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Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 27

Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 27

So far, Smith has focused on getting us to internalize the reality of Jesus huddled in our masses, and the Spirit permeating our very beings. Today he hints that not every spirit is the Spirit of Jesus. Jesus’s Spirit will be known by a two-fold movement: toward deeper awareness of intimacy with Creator on the one

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Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 25

Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 25

Someone emailed me during the week to say that the image of Jesus among the masses in the muddy waters had really held their attention. It had for me, as well. Of course, we know it is true. Every Gospel portrays it that way. But taking the time to correct the image and actually see it that

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Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 24

Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 24

Reading Smith as lectio divina (slow prayerful reading) today, several phrases stand out: “ordinary [people] struggling to be faithful to a hidden God.” “the common way of faith lives with a deep sense of vulnerability.” “…refusal of the way of power, a refusal he will have to repeat again and again.” and from his prayer: “…deepen

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Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 23

Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – February 23

The meditations in A Season for the Spirit give a lot to consider. However, Smith encourages us not to make this an effort to take it all in but, rather, to ‘stay with what you find inviting.’ Of course, he does not mean ‘what you find most comfortable and pleasing.’ Instead, he is reminding us that the Holy

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Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – Ash Wednesday

Reflection on A Season for the Spirit – Ash Wednesday

Two remarks from Martin Smith’s Ash Wednesday reflection linger with me. First, “Where do I stand at the beginning of another Lent?” Second, “Perhaps the word ‘surrender’ should be enough for my prayer on the Ash Wednesday.” The first remark gets me thinking about how little I truly know about my ‘progress.’ Of the categories

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Diocese of Vermont Demographic Survey

Diocese of Vermont Demographic Survey

To all the beloved faithful in the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont: The Episcopal Church is seeking demographic information about all its members on the parochial report form, which leaders in each congregation fill out annually. To assist congregational leaders in completing the 2022 Parochial Report, we have prepared a simple survey that each member or

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