Tag Archives: John Ortberg

Fast Thinking: Thoughts Beyond Cognition

Fasting Minds Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.[Romans 12:2] The … Continue reading

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Spiritual Rest: Finding Peace in a Restless World

The Quiet Soul at Rest My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken …  Find rest, O my soul, in … Continue reading

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Silent Shouts of Joy: From Spiritual Pain to Divine Comfort (3/3)

Spiritual Pain and Divine Comfort My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, … Continue reading

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Depression & Faith: How to Escape from a Prison of the Mind

Prison of the Mind A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of … Continue reading

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Religion & Spirituality: Institutional Worship vs. Divine Intimacy (2/2)

Religion vs. Spirituality Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say? [Luke 6:46]. Imbued with sacred symbols and solemnity, providing sacraments and liturgy, our religion establishes guard rails as we travel toward the spiritual understanding. Our … Continue reading

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Our Mirror of Desires: Reflections of Our Soul

 Reflections on a Mirror Do not merely listen to the word [of God], and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at … Continue reading

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Fasting, Media & Mind Manipulation: Brand-name Lifestyles

Fasting, Media &  Mind Games New patterns of behaviour are emerging as a result of over-exposure to the mass media … As a result, the negative aspects of the media and entertainment industries are threatening traditional values … [Pope Francis, The Joy … Continue reading

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Fasting for Spiritual Energy: Brain Food & God-consciousness

  Spiritual Energy & God-consciousness The journey begins with your spirit, which becomes empowered by God’s Spirit. Every human being has had the sense of receiving ideas or energy from a source beyond ourselves. We speak of being in-spired, a … Continue reading

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Fasting, Asceticism & God-consciousness

Fasting and Spiritual Discipline Renounce yourself in order to follow Christ; discipline your body; do not pamper yourself, but love fasting. [The Rule of St. Benedict, The Instruments of Good Works, Ch. 4]. Every major religion has a small segment … Continue reading

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Private Enemy Number 1: Evil in Our Own Eyes

Evil in Our Own Eyes There are many things we do know, however, about this diabolical world, things that touch on our lives and on the whole history of mankind. The Devil is at the origin of mankind’s first misfortune … Continue reading

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