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Posts by Stephen Hebert

Letters to Gus: “On Boredom”

Dear Gus, Today was a half-day at school. These are typically trying days for you, for all of us here. You love playing with your friends so much, so when you leave school early and come home, sometimes you’re a little upset about that situation. On days like these, Mom and I always have fun activities planned for you. This afternoon, we…

Letters to Gus: “Be Joyful”

Dear Gus, A few years ago, when you were a bumbling and stumbling little two-year-old, you and I ended up at home, just the two of us, on Father’s Day. You know what happens on Father’s Day, right? The final round of the U.S. Open! I told Mom that no matter what I would be sitting in front of the television watching…

Letters to Gus: “You are loved.”

Dear Gus, Yesterday, you took a nasty spill in the living room. You were wearing socks and your feet slipped right out from under you. You fell face-first—nose-first, really—on to the hard floor. When you sat up, crying, Mom said that your nose looked like it had been flattened. She scooped you up and held you while you wailed and your tears…

Dying to Self

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at the Prayer of St. Francis and thinking about it not only as good fodder for passage meditation, but also as a way to orient our hearts and minds for the day ahead. We started by looking at instruments of peace, then we saw Francis’s prayerful definition of the Kingdom of Heaven and the way in…

Jesus’s Radical Inclusivity

On the third Sunday of each month, I will be a hosting an hour-long conversation about Values at Pilgrim Church shortly after the regular service (i.e., from 11:30am–12:30pm). This past week, we had our first such conversation: an in-depth look at John 4:1–30. The following post is a recap of that conversation. I suggest you take a minute or two to read…

Consoling, Understanding, Loving

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at the Prayer of St. Francis and thinking about it not only as good fodder for passage meditation, but also as a way to orient our hearts and minds for the day ahead. We started by looking at instruments of peace, then we saw Francis’s prayerful definition of the Kingdom of Heaven. Today, we…

The Bold New Vision

Last week, we began looking at the Prayer of St. Francis by thinking about what it means to be “an instrument of [God’s] peace.” Today, we look at the next section of the prayer where St. Francis lays out a bold new vision for Heaven on Earth and for the pilgrim’s place in that new vision. Where there is hatred, let me…

Instruments of Peace

Passage meditation will require you to choose a text that you can dig into for 20–30 minutes at a time, but it also must be memorable. As I mentioned, I chose the Prayer of St. Francis because it is poetic and easy-to-memorize while also supplying me with plenty to reflect on. As I go throughout my week, I often find words and phrases…