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Islam’s Third Pillar: Almsgiving and Concern for Those in Need

August 17, 2021

By Kathy Keary
A common thread among the many faith traditions of the world is that our relationship with God is lacking if we are not giving ourselves to others. An authentic spirituality expresses itself in service and almsgiving. This teaching is the third pillar of Islam.

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What Muslims Can Teach Christians about Prayer, Part 2

August 2, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Many faith traditions teach that gratitude is key in fostering a sense of personal wellbeing. It’s not uncommon for spiritual leaders to encourage followers to daily list all the blessings for which they are thankful. This applies to Islam as well.

Family Matters #26: Three Things Kids Need from Parents

Family Matters #26: Three Things Kids Need from Parents

July 27, 2021

By Lucia Ferrara
When I think about raising children who are strong, resilient, confident and independent, I always come back to three fundamental ideas: family, foundation and future.

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What Muslims can teach Christians about prayer

July 26, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Muslims are called to prayer five times a day, which is known as the salat. This practice is among the most important obligations in Islam. Furthermore, the tradition places great value on communal worship, a common thread running through many faith traditions.

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Glowing Among Us: My experience of the visible and invisible

July 19, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 14. In my last article, we delved into the visible and invisible worlds. This past week I experienced a deeply moving encounter with the invisible world that I feel compelled to share.

Cooking & Spirituality: Home-made Ice Cream

Cooking & Spirituality: Home-made Ice Cream

July 15, 2021

What summertime treat can you imagine that is better than ice cream? This home-made, extra creamy ice cream with fresh fruit doubles the deliciousness. No ice or ice cream machines needed.

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The Visible and Invisible: The Two-Fold Work for Transformation

July 12, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 13. The journey to inner transformation is a two-fold path. Work in the social, visible realm brings personal growth, while practicing silence, prayer, mediation and mindfulness connect us to the invisible, boundless Mystery.

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Family Matters #25: Summer Fun, Summer Safety

July 7, 2021

By Lucia Ferrara
It’s summertime and your youth want to be outside — you want them outside, too, but you also want to make sure they are safe. Here are a few tips.

By Kathy Keary Part 12. The Qur’ān promises that at the end of time, those who have lived righteous, loving lives will be reunited with the Ultimate Love. It is a message that has many parallels in Christianity. What do we learn when we compare the parallels?

Love as Mystical Experience: Muhammad’s Night Journey

July 6, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 12. The Qur’ān promises that at the end of time, those who have lived righteous, loving lives will be reunited with the Ultimate Love. It is a message that has many parallels in Christianity. What do we learn when we compare the parallels?

Precious Blood Renewal Center resumed in-person programming on July 1 with an ecumenical service in the Taizé style, using music, chants and scripture for a meditative prayer experience.

Taizé for July: For healing and renewal

July 2, 2021

The Renewal Center resumed in-person programming on July 1 with an ecumenical service in the Taizé style. The theme of the evening was Prayers for Healing and Renewal.

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