November 7, 2011

An Encouragement to Silence

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In looking through papers today, I found this poem. Perhaps it found me. Either way, I was encouraged to stillness and silence. I pray you are, as well.   Stone By Charles Simic   Go inside a stone That would be my way. Let somebody else become a dove Or gnash with a tiger’s tooth. […]

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November 3, 2011

A Word About Hope

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  Just because the tide has gone out doesn’t mean there is less water.  

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November 2, 2011

Feast of All Souls

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In a flurry of liturgical activity, the past few days in the Church calendar have been full of feasts and commemorations. Many of these days may be unfamiliar and perhaps even disconcerting to those who have grown up without any exposure to the Church Calendar and the practice of commemorating the lives of those who […]

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October 28, 2011

11 Questions to Ask A Prospective Spiritual Director

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You’ve heard about spiritual direction, and learned as much as you can about it. You’re ready to begin the process of finding a spiritual director to accompany you as you walk with God. As I tell those with whom I’m exploring a spiritual direction relationship, it’s important to ask all the questions that you want […]

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October 12, 2011

What Is It We Do Here?

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Pilgrim: What is it that you do here? Monk: We fall, and we get up again. –Scott Cairns

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October 11, 2011

Bigger Than God

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I don't know what age the monsters-in-the-closet fear hits most kids, but for me, it was age 8. I'd been to see, of all things, Gremlins—my first movie theater experience. It terrified me. After that time I needed at least a night light in every room, and the door needed to stay open. It's reassuring, […]

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October 10, 2011

A Dedication to Your Own Journey

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There are many things that bring a person to spiritual direction. Sometimes it's a crisis of circumstance, unexpected suffering, a crisis of faith or a feeling of dryness in prayer. Occasionally, what causes someone to search for a director is a deep longing for more, a dedication to the person's own journey with God.  I […]

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October 7, 2011

Friday Favorite: Paraclesis

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Today's Friday Favorite is a long quote from Eugene Peterson, who does an incredible job of talking about the role of spiritual direction and the language of spiritual direction in the Church. I'm working toward committing this to memory. … Paraclesis is language used with men and women who already have received the word of […]

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October 6, 2011

Understanding Spiritual Direction

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When I meet someone new who is interested in learning what I do vocationally, I think carefully before offering an explanation for what I do. If the person hasn’t explicitly declared themselves as someone of faith or someone interested in spirituality (by context, association or overt statement), I often say something like, “I’m a spiritual […]

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October 5, 2011


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At a recent retreat I led, I shared the following quote from Mama Maggie Gobran:   To be in silence is to be full inside of yourself.  It’s not easy.  Silence your body to listen to your words.  Silence your tongue to listen to your thoughts.  Silence your thoughts to listen to your heart.  Silence […]

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