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Never-Ending Prayer

Reflections on the Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

January 05, 2017

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My morning prayer is one of the best parts of the day. The house is quiet.I set my cell phone to the side. The television, radio, and music are all off. I read the bible and pray, and I do my best to focus on God. I look forward to this time. I enjoy it. I miss it if I can’t do it.

If that time is all it is, though, that’s not enough. I . . .

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Be Gentle With Yourself

Reflections on the Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 22, 2016

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The Practice of the Presence of God contains not only conversations but letters from Brother Lawrence. He mentions he shares the letters (to whomever he was writing) on the terms that the recipient shares them with no one else (somebody dropped the ball on that one). Lawrence is asked about his methods for arriving at a “habitual sense of . . .

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Advent Silence

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 19, 2016

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Imagine the lights dimmed in a monastery church. One light is kept on for those who need to find their way out. The rest of the room is dark.The spoken prayers are over, and those who stay in the room sit. No one takes out a phone. No one talks. No one moves from seat to seat. For a half an hour those who are there sit in silence. . . .

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Teaching By Example

Reflections on The Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

November 21, 2016

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I had a professor in college whose class I loved. I looked forward to it; I never missed it; I was on the edge of my chair in our discussions. I just knew I loved the material and the professor’s teaching style, but I didn’t really know much about his life, though, other than he mentioned he was married and had kids. Late in the afternoon I . . .

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Don't Neglect the Love of God

Reflections on The Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

November 10, 2016

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I’m a big duty and responsibility guy. It’s probably my Midwestern upbringing, but it’s important to me to show up on time, do what I said I was going to do, and play by the rules. These are all good things; when we live out our commitments our families and communities are stronger. I know, too, that living only by duty and commitment can . . .

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Taste the Love in It

Reflections on the The Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

October 27, 2016

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My cooking used to be a performance given in an empty room. I lived alone for about 20 years, and through all that time I enjoyed cooking, but unless I welcomed a guest the cooking was only for me. My household is larger now after getting married, and I share any food I cook, so I have an audience. I’m in the kitchen more because we need to . . .

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An Unending Conversation

Reflections on The Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

October 20, 2016

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All the stereotypes of introversion describe my life: I recharge with alone time; I prefer a small gathering of close friends to a big party; I don’t make friends easily but when I make a friend I really make a friend. One thing that’s misunderstood about introverts is the idea that we don’t like to talk. We do like to talk, but we hate . . .

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