Stephen Copeland

Looking out at the fog

Let Us Pray: Panting After Peace in Prayer

Franciscan spirituality has a visceral and experiential dimension that the study of theology sometimes lacks.
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Christ Lives Within

There is nothing wrong with asking for something in prayer, as this names for God the desires of our hearts.
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Let Us Pray: When Words Fall Short

How do I begin writing about prayer when I have not felt like praying?
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Cross made of trees

Let Us Pray: Resurrection Song

As Pope Francis wrote, "The Spirit of God has filled the universe with possibilities, and, therefore, from the very heart of things, something new can always emerge."
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Sunlight on a valley

Fullness and Emptiness, Union and Zen

One of the core concepts that draws me to Christianity and inspires my spiritual walk today is its integration of both fullness and emptiness, a theme that is on full display during the Lenten season. We find fullness in the ...
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Man swimming in the ocean

Trusting the River: A Meditation on Fear

It can be agonizing to share what is deepest within you but then be met by apathy or rejection.
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