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April 6, 2012

On The Night He Was Betrayed

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My jaw spasmed, clenching tight. Pain rippled through me. Maundy Thursday. My favorite day of the year.  I had taken the driver’s seat on the way to service. We were late. I drove aggressively. Careless enough of the cares of others on the road that my jet-lagged husband mentioned it. I hate being late. And […]

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March 28, 2012

The Awkward Season

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Lent is, indeed, an awkward season. I’ll be writing more about that tomorrow, but for now I wanted to share a prayer from one of the books that has accompanied my fumbling, faulty steps in Lent. It’s a beautiful and compact book called The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent. Although it’s a bit late to […]

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March 13, 2012

Six Words

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I've been challenging my spiritual director friends to write their life story in six words. But how about you? What would your story be in six words or less?

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March 7, 2012

Meet Alan Fadling

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You know how sometimes you hear about someone that a friend thinks that you should meet? And then later, another person from a completely unrelated circle says something about the very same person? And then your good friend speaks highly about a person who has been influencial in their life, and you find out it's […]

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March 5, 2012

The Simple Things

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Today has been a day of quiet fatigue. Like most Mondays, the day has been rimmed with email, phone calls and reading things that need to be read. I've sent out confirmation emails to my directees for the week, spent some time reflecting on what God might have in store for them and done a […]

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March 4, 2012

Compline from the Celts

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Christ with us sleeping,Christ with us waking,Christ with us watching,each day and each night. Save us, Lord, while we are awake,guard us while we are asleep;that, awake, we may watch with Christ,and, asleep, may rest in His peace.  

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March 2, 2012

The Journey

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  The Journey  One day you finally knewwhat you had to do, and began,though the voices around youkept shoutingtheir bad advice —though the whole housebegan to trembleand you felt the old tugat your ankles."Mend my life!"each voice cried.But you didn't stop.You knew what you had to do,though the wind priedwith its stiff fingersat the very […]

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February 29, 2012

Meet Christine Valters Paintner

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Christine is a gift. I first met her through Abbey of the Arts, her virtual monastery, and got to know her through a few of the online courses that she offers. In emails and other exchanges, I got to know her a little bit better, and then at a Spiritual Directors International event I was […]

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February 27, 2012

Danger, Danger

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It is dangerous for me, as a spiritual director to write things (better said to publish things?) while I'm in the midst of leading a retreat. There are some practical reasons for that, of course. If I publish things during a retreat, there is the possibility that the retreatants will think that I am writing […]

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February 20, 2012

The Journey of Forgiveness

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This is the week preceding the beginning of Lent, whose advent is marked by what I used to jokingly refer to as “Identify a Catholic Day,” Ash Wednesday. As an Anglican, I now somewhat resent my former self for that oversimplification—there are many, many traditions within the Christian Church that mark the entrance into the […]

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