Today we commemorate the Feast of Saint Augustine of Hippo. Augustine was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Philosophy and Western Christianity. He is viewed as one of the most important church fathers. If you are unfamiliar with St. Augustine his famous autobiography Confessions might interest you. I highly recommend it!

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One of the most important events in the Gospels, this miracle is set apart from all others because it happened to Jesus himself. Atop Mount Tabor in Galilee Jesus discloses his divine glory to Peter, James and John. His presence together with Moses and Elijah was confirmation to the Apostles of what Christ had taught them about his relationship to the law and the prophets. In the Transfiguration we have the appearance of the whole Trinity: the Father in the voice; the Son in Jesus; the Spirit in the shining cloud. In it we are given a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming when we will be changed to be like him in an instant.

 

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This beautiful icon commemorates The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ.

I’m learning to practice gratitude more in my life. Here is a chart that has some great tips on how to implement gratitude in your life. I hope you will find it beneficial because the benefits of gratitude are great!

 

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The Tree of Contemplative Practices infographic is a great introduction to the variety of contemplative practices you can choose from. We will be learning about and implementing many of these on our contemplative recovery journey. I hope you will take some time to familiarize yourself with them. These practices come from several wisdom traditions, but each can be translated over to the Christian contemplative tradition.

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