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Thursday Thoughts: Mercy

“The eyes of the saint make all beauty holy and the hands of the saint consecrate everything they touch to the glory of God, and the saint is never offended by anything and judges no man’s sin because he does not know sin. He knows the mercy of God.” — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

Image credit: Mary de Stephano

Thursday Thoughts: Gratitude

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
Deitrich Bonhoeffer 

Photo credit: Gourmet Magazine

Pursuing Life Instead of Running From Cancer

As you may already know, I am a bit of a health foodie. And if I’m honest, it’s not just because I like vegetables.

It’s also because I think that eating a certain way will help me stay disease-free and enjoy a long, active life. While this idea has some truth to it, it can provide a false sense of security.

My friend Jonathan was a 28-year-old farmer’s market patron when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last fall. His family didn’t see it coming, but when it did they couldn’t help asking why. He ate well. He exercised. What could they have done to prevent cancer? And what should they do to keep it from coming back?

Such questions are natural, but they can also be stifling. As Jonathan’s wife, Lesley, describes in an article she wrote for Her.meneutics titled “Choosing Life, When Cancer Fears Are Everywhere,” fretting about the causes of cancer (or any other disease for that matter) isn’t helpful for two reasons:

  1. Fear inhibits vitality. When we live in fear we are unable to think and act confidently and calmly. Ironically, fear suffocates its motivating source: the desire to live and to do so comfortably.
  2. Fear convinces us to seek control, even when it’s outside our reach. It tells us that we should act (or not act) in a certain way in order to avoid something, regardless of whether or not we have the ability to do so.

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Weekend Reading – Easter Edition

The cross — a symbol of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ — is simultaneously a horrible and exuberant image. I love the way this design by Jim LePage captures this synthesis. See the rest of his Easter collection here.

Why Easter Sunday makes Good Friday good.

Natural Easter egg dyes.

An Easter message for those who have been hurt by the church.

Are you alone for the holidays? Make the most of this time of solitude.

Still deciding what to eat for Easter? Try something off of this vegan Easter menu.

He is risen!

Anxiety and Faith: A Book Review of Anxious Christian

Today I am honored to guest post a book review of Rhett Smith‘s The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good? on Barefoot on 45thLesley Miller, the blogger behind Barefoot on 45th, is a freelance writer, marketing consultant, doting mother, caring wife, and dear friend of mine.
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Today’s Goal

Lizzy Stewart

Weekend Reading List

Becca Kallem

Highland General Hospital in Oakland is piloting an innovative approach to pediatric obesity intervention by providing patient’s families with fresh groceries.

With a tough economy and rising tuition, do high school graduates still perceive college as a key step toward a successful future?

iPhone apps for increasing productivity.

Researchers at the Berkeley Lab have found that “good” cholesterol can go bad.

Relevant Magazine says that practicing Lent is crazy. Sacrifice doesn’t always make sense—but that’s sort of the point.

Over 54 million Americans are now receiving preventive health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Wondering what the locovore movement is all about?

Census Bureau reports that over 30% of Americans age 25+ now have B.A. degrees; women are on the brink of surpassing men in educational attainment; and the gap between minority and majority demographic groups in higher education is growing.

Happy weekend!