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Pastoral Pearls: Be the things ...

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For those who are grieving for someone who is gone from their lives – through death, change of mental capabilities, divorce, or even distance – there can be a strong desire to hang on to and cherish the good memories with that person. It can be difficult to do so when they are no...

Pastoral Pearls: You Can Pray

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It is really beautiful when someone prays for you without you knowing. It's the highest form of respect and care. I often ask myself, “How can I begin to care for the folks in my faith community – or anyone within my little world or greater community for that matter?” I...

Pastoral Pearls: Common Words

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Love, Respect, Caring, Honesty, Trust  Common words, frequently and easily spoken, but sadly, not lived out as often as would be hoped for. It is truly human to intend to act with love in all situations, but ultimately I get caught up in the emotion of the moment, or in the busy-ness of...

BeFriending

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BeFriending - Being there when someone is hurting or challenged BeFrienders Ministry - a Listening Ministry: Compassion, Confidentiality, Non-judgmental Presence, and Caring vs. Curing. Pope Francis encourages us all to do this – accompany people in the vulnerability of life’s...

Pastoral Pearls: Easy vs. Right

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Wow! This has always been a challenge for me! You may relate, but so often I really want what's Right AND Easy. God is brilliant (though maddening) in making it so that these are not always one in the same. Though I hate to admit it, when I choose what's right over what's easy, it pulls at...

Pastoral Pearls: Empathy

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How many times have I decided I knew what someone was feeling based on how I imagined the feeling or event? I’d pat myself on the back and feel I was being so caring. How many times have I been on the receiving end of someone else imagining they understood what I was feeling, and yet they...

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