Wednesday, 16 April 2014



"why is this night different from all other nights...?"

I am Adonai. I will free you ... rescue you from their oppression, and redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  I will take you as my people, and I will be your God.  Then you will know that I am Adonai your God..'  Ex 6.6

 On that day you are to tell your son,
‘It is because of what Adonai did for me when I left Egypt.

Exodus 13.8

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014


How to Practice Lectio Divina 


First Movement – Lectio: Settling & Shimmering

Begin by finding a comfortable position where you can remain alert and yet also relax your body. Bring your attention to your breath and allow a few moments to become centered. If you find yourself distracted at any time, gently return to the rhythm of your breath as an anchor for your awareness. Allow yourself to 
settle into this moment and become fully present. 
Read your selected scripture passage or other sacred text once or twice through slowly and listen for a word or phrase that feels significant right now, is capturing your attention even if you don’t know why. 
Gently repeat this word to yourself in the silence. 
Second Movement – Meditatio: Savoring & Stirring 

Read the text again and then allow the word or phrase which caught your attention in the first movement 
to spark your imagination. Savor the word or phrase with all of your senses, notice what smells, sounds, 
tastes, sights, and feelings are evoked. Then listen for what images, feelings, and memories are stirring, welcoming them in,
and then savoring and resting into this experience. 

Third Movement – Oratio: Summoning & Serving

Read the text a third time and then listen for an invitation rising up from your experience of prayer so far.  Considering the word or phrase and what it has evoked for you in memory, image, or feeling, what is the invitation? 
This invitation may be a summons toward a new awareness or action. 

Fourth Movement – Contemplatio: Slowing & Stilling 

Move into a time for simply resting in God and allowing your heart to fill with gratitude for God’s presence in this time of prayer. Slow your thoughts and reflections even further and sink into the experience of stillness. Rest in the presence of God and allow yourself to simply be. Rest here for several 
minutes. Return to your breath if you find yourself distracted. 

Gently connect with your breath again and slowly bring your awareness back to the room, moving from inner experience to outer experience. Give yourself some time of transition between these moments of contemplative depth and your everyday life.  Consider taking a few minutes to
journal about what you experienced in your prayer. 


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© Christine Valters Paintner – excerpted from Lectio Divina—
The Sacred Art: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer
(SkyLight Paths Publishing)
– feel free to share this with attribution


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Monday, 14 April 2014


Starting the week off with MUSIC TO MOVE us!
I've enjoyed finding a variety of music loving bloggers
where we can share our music loves and likes and links.

Today I'm featuring a fav  - Scottish singer musician

Paolo Nutini
His new album, Caustic Love, releases TODAY - 14th.4.14

Time to get your dancin' shoes on ...



[ these two off the new album ]


and a lovely slow dance to send you on your way...


Caustic Love is Paolo's first record since 2009's 

Sunny Side Up, his 5xs platinum-selling

number one album and follow up to These Streets.

Adele, tweeted a link to a video of Paolo performing

 one song live, saying it was

"one of the best things I've ever seen in my life
hands down."  I'd agree !


Hoping you've enjoyed the dance at FHC and have some
great choices to add to this week's soundtrack .

Musical Mondays

Monday Music Moves Me

Tuesday Tunes

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Sunday, 13 April 2014


Almost embarassed to be linking up this week with only minimal time and 1 audiobook completed !

Frustrated with my kindle at not downloading my galleys -
not sure what the issue is and no time to pursue.. yikes!

Hoping to read you've had excellent reading opps but not tempt me with more to add to the stacks ok? !!
ya, right!

I finished Carola Dunn's 1920's mystery via audiobook

A unique turn in the conclusion creates interest in the
sharp thinking of our lovely Daisy Dalrymple, journalist 
and sleuth.  One more review waiting for my time to
multiply into writing as well as all the other demands -
especially as we now begin Holy Week progression to

Enjoy any reading breaks you nab and peace
to all pursuing remembrance of Christ's journey from
rejection to resurrection...

ps- don't miss the rare eclipse of the moon
Tuesday night / Wednesday 2-3.30 a.m. ET !
Should be amazing !!

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Saturday, 12 April 2014


Welcome to InSPIREd Sunday 
for this Palm Sunday  6th Sunday in Lent

FHC is guest hosting today for the InSPIREd blog meme
where you'll find a wide variety of  church architecture featured
each weekend by bloggers around the world.

Today's feature is the Chapel of the Holy Cross located in Sedona Arizona.

Built on the buttes with a westerly view overlooking Sedona Arizona,
the Chapel of the Holy Cross was completed 58 years ago in April 1956.
With its universal appeal, it is a must see attraction in Sedona. 
The unique location offers breathtaking views of the majestic Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and much of the eastern rim of Sedona.

The chapel was originally inspired and commissioned by local resident of Oak Creek AZ, rancher, artist and sculptor, Marguerite Brunswig Staude.  After experiencing a recurring vision of a cross on the newly completed Empire State Building, NY, in 1932 and  throughout the 25 years that followed, the cross became a recurring theme.  Inspired to build a skyscraping cathedral in Europe, Marguerite secured the assistance of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.  WWII’s outbreak forced cancellation of their plans and the decision to build in her native region.

Richard Hein was chosen as project architect, and the design was executed by architect August K. Strotz, both from the firm of Anshen & Allen. The chapel is built on Coconino National Forest land; the late Senator Barry Goldwater assisted Staude in obtaining a special-use permit. The construction supervisor was Fred Courkos, who built the chapel in 18 months at a cost of US$300,000. Ground turning in 1955 began the Chapel of the Holy Cross, completed in April 1956.

via Steven W Dengler

Chapel of the Holy Cross was built 250 feet above the valley, sheltered by the thousand foot twin pinnacle spur known as the Twin Buttes.
The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona.

In the sculptor Staude's words, "Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men and be a living reality."  A mosaic tile dove inlays the approach to the entry.  A plaque at the entry quotes “Peace to all who enter here”.

The interior of the chapel is spare, in deference to the awe inspiring beauty of Creation evident outside the window fronting the altar and again at the rear of the chapel as one exits. The cross is central and dominant in the space. Simple bench seating, walls adorned with tapestries depicting Old Testament prophets, candelabras and flickering red votives create a serene, contemplative sanctuary.  

Yours to Enjoy ~ a brief 3 min Chapel of the Holy Cross video tour
Plus 381 additional visitor photographic views  HERE
[ My favourites are the beautiful views as one exits the chapel ]

Chapel of the Holy Cross was the first contemporary structure built as a Catholic church, and belongs to the parish of St. John Vianney in Sedona and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.   It is open from 9am to 5pm daily and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter.  Visitors are invited to attend a brief evening prayer service on Monday evenings at 5pm.
The steep climb from the parking area requires use of caution and comfortable shoes. There is a parking area at the top for the physically challenged.

Find unusual Historic background regarding past uses of the Chapel HERE.

Thank you for visiting today and sharing the beauty of
Chapel of the Holy Cross in its InSPIREd setting!

May your Palm Sunday worship be a
Blessed time of 
remembrance and celebration.

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* Weekend Reflections *


Impacted by Henri Nouwen's meditation for today
wanting to share it with you. . .
Lovely revelation and increased understanding
on this much misunderstood topic...  be Blessed!

Saturday April 12, 2014

Mostly we think of people with great authority as higher up, far away,
hard to reach. 
spiritual authority comes from compassion
emerges from deep inner solidarity
with those who are "subject" to authority.  

The one who is fully like us, who deeply understands our joys and pains
or hopes and desires,
and who is willing and able to walk with us,
that is the one to whom we gladly give authority
and whose "subjects" we are willing to be

It is the compassionate authority that empowers, encourages,
calls forth hidden gifts,
and enables great things to happen. 

True spiritual authorities are located in the point of
an upside-down triangle,
supporting and holding into the light everyone they offer
their leadership to

Spiritual leadership is the leadership of the Good Shepherd
As Jesus says, good shepherds know their sheep, and their sheep know them (see John 10:14). 
There must be a true mutuality between shepherds and their sheep.  Good leaders know their own, and their own know them.  Between them is mutual trust, mutual openness, mutual care, and mutual love.  To follow our leaders we cannot be afraid of them, and to lead our followers we need their encouragement and support.

Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd to show the great intimacy that must exist between leaders and those entrusted to them. 
Without such intimacy, leadership easily becomes oppressive.
Lenten Thoughts in Response ...

What kind of response do I want to result from my life?
Do I want to be a person who "empowers, encourages, calls forth hidden gifts 
and enables great things to happen"?
To live with mutual connection.  Mutual trust, care, respect.
To know and be known.
Who is that?  Who does that?
The compassionate One.
The One Who supports and holds us into The Light.
It is "The One Who is 'fully like us, Who deeply understands our joys and pains, hopes and desires,
and Who is willing and able to walk with us"
That is The One I want- I need to be like.
The One to Whom I gladly give authority - Whose 'subject' I am willing to be.
and Whose Life-giving ways, Whose Light I want to reflect.


“The Spirit of Adonai spoke through me,
his word was on my tongue.
 The God of Isra’el spoke;
the Rock of Isra’el said to me,
‘A ruler over people must be upright,
ruling in the fear of God;
 like the morning light at sunrise
on a cloudless day
that makes the grass on the earth
sparkle after a rain.’

2 Samuel 23:2-4

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