Vocation & Call

The Creative Spirit: The Human Necessity of ‘Being Moved’

Posted by admin on August 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm

This weekend, Sue and I are in southern Wisconsin, and yesterday I walked through a broad swath of wildflower prairie adjacent to the place where we are staying. I stopped in amazement of what was before me: a noisy, ever-moving and always changing sea of grass, flowers, bees, birds and shifting light. When we stand in the midst of such natural glory, we stand at the center of creation, and we can begin to find our place in the world. We are human and we are loved by God, and this sets us apart from the “brute,” but nevertheless we need the rest of this to remind us of who we are and from whence we come. For this mutability continues whether we pay attention or not, but it is our calling and responsibility to pay attention.

Christ Has Come, Uninvited

Posted by admin on December 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

It’s almost Christmas. It’s the fourth week of advent. And we wait. But for what?

Book Review: One young Jesuit’s journey along “A Purposeful Path”

Posted by admin on August 27, 2015 at 8:10 pm

I had never heard of this pilgrimage until a few years ago when I met a couple of novices in a class I was taking at Aquinas Institute of Theology, and I’ve been intrigued by the notion ever since. So I opened the book with curiosity and wondered what it might have to teach a 55-year-old lay spiritual director and writer. The answer I received was, “a lot,” and so I highly recommend the book to anyone looking for reassurance about his or her own life journeys. We are, after all, all pilgrims.

You’re in the Right Place If…

Posted by admin on July 1, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Tonight on our drive from St. Louis north to Des Moines, Iowa (en route to visit friends in Minnesota) we listened to Krista Tippett’s “On Being” interview with Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, of Homeboy Industries, who has worked with gang members in some of the toughest neighborhoods in LA for decades. During the interview he [...]

Today’s Word: Available

Posted by admin on March 21, 2015 at 9:03 am

We need big chunks of time when we’re not watching the clock, when we’re not worried about the next appointment. We need this time to be available to God and available to others. This availability — this love — doesn’t come free or even cheap. It will cost us something.

Sitting at the Feet of Elders

Posted by admin on March 1, 2015 at 9:23 am

Can we believe there is such a place for all of us? A place where God dwells and waits for our return? A place where God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love?” We need to claim this truth. We are beloved. We are all broken and waiting to be transformed.

The Creative Spirit: Waiting

Posted by admin on February 21, 2015 at 8:25 am

So much of prayer, like so much of the creative process, is in fact about waiting. But it is not a passive waiting as much as it is a time of expectation that something will happen, a hidden promise that revelation or inspiration will come if we leave ourselves open to that secret and mystical movement of God in our lives.

The Creative Spirit: What If?

Posted by admin on February 14, 2015 at 8:50 am

Asking “what if” is one of the most creative and contemplative questions we can ask ourselves. How many books, poems, paintings, songs, plays or other creative works have come to life because the artist dared to ask, “what if?”

Today’s Word: Glory

Posted by admin on January 30, 2015 at 11:29 am

We are called to lives of joy and purpose, wherever it is we find ourselves. Paul writes to the people of Corinth reminding them that, no matter what they are doing, no matter how they spend their days, they are called to a new standard as new creations in Christ: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”

The Creative Spirit: Savoring the Moment

Posted by admin on January 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

Today I’m beginning a challenge and throwing it out there to see if anyone wants to join me — a year of living in higher awareness and gratitude for the gifts around me.