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    Day 9: Remember That You Are Dust: Baptism and Memento Mori During Lent

    Written by J Vincent Santini Lent is a time to intentionally confront all the ways the first Adam continues to control our lives, to carry these ways to the cross to let them be crucified with Jesus, and to bury them in the tomb never to rise again, through this journey we enter into his death and become new creatures in the Resurrection.1 Lent gives us a time to repent from things that keep us from God and to focus our attention on the life, death, and Resurrection of Christ. Earthly things are wonderful when they are kept in the right perspective as gifts from God, but all to often…

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    Day 7: Giving Up Heavy Burdens

    Written by Timothy Brophy II   I didn’t give up anything for Lent this year, at least not in the traditional sense. But before you start thinking that I’m a bad Anglican, let me explain. At first, I simply couldn’t decide on what to give up. In the past, my go-to things have been some type of food or social media. However, I recently finished a thirty-day diet, so I’m not too keen to abstain from certain types of food any time soon. I have also gone without most of my social media accounts for several months now, so that’s not an option either. Then, I began to wonder why…

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    Day 6: Lessons of the Mirror

    "We are told to MAGNIFY the Lord. In this sense, we extol, or praise Him. This is different than MAGNIFYING my imperfections in a mirror. THAT type of “magnify” is to make something bigger, or grander than it actually is. See, we ought not to magnify ourselves in EITHER sense of the word. Will you allow me to invite you into a moment of equivocation? When we magnify HIM, we elevate Him to his proper place. We exalt. We praise. We adore. When we magnify ourselves, however, the same word changes meaning, and we make ourselves grander than we are..."

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    Day 5: Compassion And The Art Of Communion

    "Lent overall is a hard thing to walk through as a follower of Jesus. It requires us to look beyond ourselves and find one small thing that we believe could get in the way of following Jesus. It calls us to come and die and walk with Jesus through the story of His Passion. Furthermore, what I submit is the hardest part of Lent, it calls us to be vulnerable in community with one another as we are open about the struggle that sacrifice brings."

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    Day 4: The Quilted Savior

    Written by Shane O’Neill   In the Fall of 8th grade, my Pop Pop died. That’s not uncommon, aging kills. But I hurt. Someone responsible for my life stopped living. The cold outside worked its way into me. That same month, that same cold Fall, my aunt died. She decided that life was too hard. She hoped there was something better in death and decided to find out. I think she just wanted the hurt to stop. She tasted the gun barrel and forever went away. I knew something was wrong here; does it get so hard that stopping is better? There were people left behind. They hurt. They hurt.…

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    Day 1: Champagne for Lent

    It was about a dozen years ago that I heard N.T. Wright preaching in person for the first time.  My wife and I thought that it would be fun to take our first child, still an infant, on a weekend long camping trip of the parking lot variety. We had several friends that did the same along with us. We must have seen the Anglican bishop do his thing at 4 or 5 different venues over a few days.  We might have gotten into some other mischief, too. Man alive… it was a great time. Many things left a deep impression on me during that jaunt.  Chief among them was…

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    Blessed Are The Peacemakers

    In the Anglican tradition and others that are like it, there is in fact a specific portion in the service dedicated to “passing the peace.” While some may view this as an opportunity to shake someone’s hand with a smile and a greeting, the more ancient tradition reveals a time where Christian brothers and sisters are encouraged to confirm with one another that there is peace within the body and that all can approach the communion table in clear conscience.