Author Archives: Ruth Harder

A heart-filled Catholic Mennonite Ash Wednesday reflection

By Nikki Pauls Ash Wednesday always sneaks up on me. Always. No matter what, it’s always like “shoot, THIS week is Ash Wednesday? Really? You sure?” And now this year messed me up even more with the ever popular Valentine’s Day overshadowing it. … Continue reading

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Ashes to ashes

What are you grilling on this snowy day?” asked my neighbor yesterday, as I stood on our deck monitoring the smoke spilling out of our Weber grill. “Smells interesting.” “Yeah, it’s just something for work,” I said (and immediately regretted). … Continue reading

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Ashes on my soul

Rosi Penner Kaufman is on a roll! Here is a beautiful Ash Wednesday reflection I have heard her share, then asked her to write. Remember that we will meet next Wednesday, February 14, at 6:30 pm to receive ashes on … Continue reading

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Moment of zen

Every Tuesday we begin our staff meeting with a moment of zen, which we define as a time to take a deep breath, praying that the Divine would somehow breathe in or through all that we do and say. Today … Continue reading

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We are loved, so love

I had the great joy and honor of officiating at a wedding on December 30th. What follows is what I shared with the happy couple. Joy knows sorrow and yet leans toward the light. Erik and Chris, you wanted the … Continue reading

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Opening a channel

“Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with … Continue reading

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Singly none

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Originally posted on over and around the rainbow:
This post was originally published in November of 2016. Today I re-post it in honor of Pablo who died unexpectedly this week. Many will remember him for his jovial, mischievous spirit and…

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