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Caroline Oakes
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Caroline Oakes is a writer/journalist with a master's degree in Ascetical Theology. She is a student of contemplative neuroscience, currently working on a book project on mindfulness meditation, the historical Jesus, new brain studies, and the human spirit. Follow her on Twitter @carolineoakes.

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Advice From a Holy Man: Finding Your Way on the Spiritual Path

(28) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 1:18 PM

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I was struck by the directness of the message from the holy man: "To have a meaningful spiritual life, you must read Scripture."

That was the simple, straightforward advice I received from John-Julian, Episcopal monk and founder of the Order of Julian, at an...

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Winter Solstice: Discovering New Meaning of Advent Through Ancient Pagan Practice

(24) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:33 AM

Counter-intuitive as it may be for those of a particularly rigid faith, I marvel at the way ancient, pagan traditions can bring unexpected and quietly powerful meaning into the celebration of many Christian rituals.

And it makes sense that this is so. Pre-dating most of today's Christian holidays,...

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