Tag Archives: Prayer

Plugged into Grace

This blog was inspired by Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28: The Faith of a Canaanite *** Jesus did not say a word when the disciples asked him to send away the Canaanite woman.  He says nothing. Perhaps he is remembering what he … Continue reading

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Mystery of Blessings and Curses

inspired by Genesis 32:3-31 New International Version (NIV) Biblical Jacob is one of the Patriarchs, one of the spiritual fathers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Yet Jacob, this icon of three major religions, starts out a bit of a rascal with … Continue reading

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Mid Month Meditation–bridesmaids and the groom

The Parable of the Ten Virgins Read the scripture three times, fast or slow, out loud, to yourself etc. Sit in silence for 20 minutes and imagine yourself in the “story,” asking God for insight into your life in the … Continue reading

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Deepen and Heal Your Life through Reiki Touch Healing Prayer

The following is a series of seven reflections and spiritual exercises combining Eastern Reiki healing using chakra centers with Western Lectio Divina and Scripture.    I. Introduction When I was first introduced to Reiki, it was by a friend who wanted to put … Continue reading

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Lenten Spiritual Practices: Second Monday in Lent – March 17, 2014

“I arise today through the mighty strength of the Trinity…. Christ to shield me today.” from The Breastplate of St. Patrick, attributed to St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland (390-469 C.E.) *** Patrick is not only my patron saint; he is … Continue reading

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Spiritual Direction–interview with journalist Lee Ward

You and Cindy are spiritual directors. What exactly does that mean? What exactly is Spiritual Direction? Cindy: The best definition I have found for spiritual direction comes from George J. Schemel, S.J.  He defines spiritual direction as “an in-depth conversation, … Continue reading

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Contemplative Presence: Virtual Gathering

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is called “here” and you must treat it as a powerful stranger, must ask permission to know it and be known, Listen. the Forest breathes, … Continue reading

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Advent Contemplations from West Virginia Institute for Spirituality–Sixteen

December 16, 2013 – Third Monday in Advent The soul cannot know peace unless one prays for one’s enemies. The soul that has learned of God’s grace to pray, feels love and compassion for every created thing, and in particular … Continue reading

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Verde, December 12, 2013–Holding the Tension

Where: St Peter Claver: 828 15th Street,  Huntington, WV When: 6: 30 -8:00 PM What: Contemplation Tonight spiritual director Cindy Neely will be teaching about contemplative prayer; she plans to open with the premise that the only way to live … Continue reading

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Be Free: Tonglen, Compassion, Enemies, and Prayer

  Jesus teaches we are to pray for our enemies: 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you … Continue reading

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