Rick Hamlin

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Funeral flowers
Prayer Stories

What a Funeral Can Teach Us

How witnessing a life well lived led to an unexpected reunion.

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Praying away distractions
How to Pray

How to Pray Past Distractions

A zillion interruptions can foil an intent to pray. Here’s how to let go of them.

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More one-word prayers
How to Pray

7 More One-Word Prayers

In prayer, less can be more. Here are a few tips for simplifying your prayers.  

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How to pray like Thomas Merton
How to Pray

How To Pray Like Thomas Merton

A Trappist monk leaves a legacy of finding God’s presence in the beauty of inner silence.

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Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy (far right) and unidentified men sing in a Selma, Alabama church.
Stories of Faith

Martin Luther King’s Favorite Hymn

Singing words of comfort for those who suffer

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How to fight winter blues
Stories of Hope

3 Tips for Beating the January Blues

Despite the fact that Christmas is over and the days are cold and short, there are ways to feel gratitude and pleasure.

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Prayer Stories

When Power Conflicts with God’s Vision

On December 28, Holy Innocents Day, we are reminded of those who suffer and deserve our help and prayers.

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An early Christmas on the subway
People Helping People

An Early Christmas on the Subway

Fellow passengers show kindness to a homeless woman on a New York City train.

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Advent calendar
Prayer Stories

4 Ways to Welcome Advent

Advent is a season that reminds us to hold on to hope and the promise of Christmas. 

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The bread of life
Stories of Faith

Unexpectedly Finding the Bread of Life

A Sunday afternoon full of good art, good food and revelations of Jesus.

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