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spiritual practice summer

The Spiritual Practice of Summering

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | July 19, 2013

Slipping off shoes before bare grass. Watching a nightly sunset, not in passing but present to the pastel palette of the sky. Listening to early morning birds, awake even before the babes in the next room. Spotting fireflies’ silent blinks at the wooded edge, gentle as grace. Plucking first beans from the lush leaves of…

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prayers for birth: Spirit as intercessor

Prayers for Childbirth: Spirit as Intercessor and Groaner

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | July 15, 2011

The Holy Spirit can be hard to pin down. God’s presence with us, everywhere and always, sure. But many of us wonder what that means, what that looks like. Flames of fire? Speaking in tongues? Here’s what Scripture has to say, which speaks to the Spirit’s presence during labor: Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes…

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prayers for birth: Christ as companion

Prayers for Childbirth: Christ as Companion

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | July 12, 2011

The prayer that got me through the toughest part of my labor with my first baby was—quite unexpectedly—part of the prayer of the breastplate of St. Patrick. This was a prayer that I was familiar with but never felt any particular affinity for. Yes, it was a lovely prayer; yes, it came from my Irish…

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prayers for birth

Prayers for Childbirth: God as Midwife

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | July 11, 2011

When I was pregnant with my first son, my newly-graduated-from-theological-school self wanted to compile a journal of prayers for childbirth. Given my fear of the pain and the unknown that lay ahead of me, I was convinced that having prayers to accompany me through labor and birth would keep me calm, centered, and cool. Then…

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