Author Archives: R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.

Tortures have become my daily bread

One must wonder about the labyrinthine incoherence travelled by despots and dictators. As Carl Jung put it, they were those who were tortured themselves. Trapped in their own cul de sacs of futility, they sow seeds of their own destruction. … Continue reading

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Like a Rusty Arrow

In his letter to a friend, Francis de Paola (1416-1507) writes this timely advice as it relates to bitterness and forgiveness: Put aside your hatred and bitter, combative spirit. Make the effort to refrain from saying sharp words. If they … Continue reading

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Unless I Wash Your Feet…

On the night before Jesus would be unjustly judged, tortured, and crucified, He enjoyed His last Passover Supper with His closest friends, including Judas who would betray Him. After the meal Jesus engages in an astonishing act of intimacy: He … Continue reading

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A Pacifist Prayer in a Time of War

“How does a pacifist pray in a time of war?“ By John Peachey First, I reminded myself that Jesus is the full and complete revelation of God and God’s character as a human being. Jesus commands us to love our … Continue reading

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Crisis in Ukraine: Pray

In light of the crisis in Ukraine, this prayer from 24-7 Prayer (reprinted on Lectio 365 – an app for daily prayer) gives words for our common concern for Ukraine, and indeed, all our nations that may be called into action whether … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Prayer

Sometimes a Prayer, by Luci Shaw O Listener, You know how pleased I can be with the sounds of my own words. But sometimes a prayer comes out half chewed, like a tough crust that sticks in the teeth. Or … Continue reading

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All Bread must be Broken

Irish poet, Pádraig Ó Tuama said he used to think that poetry was about describing the transcendent – the things you couldn’t put your hands on. But these days he is more interested in poems that pay attention to the things you … Continue reading

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