Why We Train Our Souls

We've been talking about a series of soul-training practices all Fall. In this lesson we pause from these content-dense lessons, to reflect on why we want to train our souls in the first place. I determined to teach this lesson to myself as I focus my soul this Advent, and decided to let everyone else listen in.

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Many have abandoned prayer as irrelevant, incomprehensible, or useless. Sadly, there is good reason why they have done so. In this lesson we talk about how prayer has devolved into talking, talking, talking, and the underlying unspoken assumption that makes us responsible for the universe. Next week we'll talk about some practical forms of prayer that undo this toxic assumption.

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Tending Our Souls (Introduction)

Today we lay a foundation for a series of lessons about tending the gardens of our souls. To become the kind of people other people want to be around, indeed the kind of people we ourselves want to be around, requires attentiveness to spiritual growth. In this lesson we look at why this is so, and suggest a motivation for being diligent in following the ancient spiritual paths.

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Difficult People

Today we listen to the wisdom of one of the wise men of our Christian heritage. His name was Francois Fenelon. He lived about 400 years ago, and wrote spiritual letters, many of which have survived. In the letter we look at today, he writes about tolerance for people in their weakness. Have a listen.

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