Category Archives: Compassion

The Next Forty Days, Day 28–On Self Compassion

I am having a difficult time figuring out how I want to begin this conversation–I even stumbled over the title of today’s post. Please bear with me as I work this out in public. I am among a large group … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 14–Suffering and Silence

During these 40 days, folks who observe the season of Lent spend a lot of time thinking about suffering. The closer we get to the end of these days, the intensity of focus concentrates on Jesus’s suffering as he is beaten, … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 13–Jesus Wept

The shortest verse in the bible is in the Gospel of John, chapter 11, verse 35. “Jesus wept.” Two words. I first learned about this verse when my father told us the story about how he and his siblings each had … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day Five–Seasons and Cycles

Yesterday I wrote about waking up feeling “some kind of way,” which was the best I could do at the time. It was after having spent a little time with the feeling, that I was able to sharpen it, to … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day Four–Let it RAIN

When I woke up this morning I was feeling some kind of way. I wrote in my journal, did my daily reflective readings, and tried to get to the bottom, or at least the middle, of what I was feeling. A … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day One–Giving Up and Adding In

So here we are again, Lent. In 2015 I wrote a blog titled, “Forty Days,” loosely connected to the Lenten season. I was raised and grew up in the Catholic faith tradition and was relatively faithful to it until after college, … Continue reading

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Forty Days, Day 37–Being Who You Are

It has taken me over 50 years, but I finally like myself. Don’t get me wrong,  I still occasionally have times when I don’t treat myself very well, but for the most part I have developed an appreciation for who … Continue reading

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