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Finding God in All Things: 10 Books for 2018

Published on January 15, 2018 By admin

From time to time, as both a writer and a spiritual director, I get asked for book recommendations. So on this cold and snowy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday in the U.S., I stayed inside and scoured my shelves for ten books I would highly recommend, books that are both well-read and well-loved, books that have pointed me in different ways to the movement of God in my life, inspired me by their beauty and story, or have somehow appeared in my life just when I needed them most.

The Creative Spirit: Conversation and Storytelling

Published on August 21, 2017 By admin

BECAUSE OF A GLITCH WITH MY SERVER, I AM REPOSTING MY LAST BLOGPOST: If you read my blog regularly, you’ll certainly see a few repeating themes, among them the importance of living in awareness and gratitude of God and the critical nature of silent, contemplative prayer to do that. But there’s more, of course. As much as we need our times of silence, we need times of conversation and storytelling with friends new and old.

Sitting at the Feet of Elders

Published on March 1, 2015 By admin

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.

Today’s Word: Enough

Published on June 29, 2014 By admin

If we’re not careful, if we don’t learn to find our “enough” in something that lasts, there will always be something knocking on the door of our hearts saying, “more, more, better, better.” But we do, in fact, have access to enough. Henri Nouwen wrote that he often prayed a prayer of St. Teresa of Avila: “Solo Dios bastia.” (“God alone is enough.”)

Today’s Word: Signs

Published on August 11, 2013 By admin

So like it or not, aware or not, we are all walking signs. We are symbols that either proclaim the unconditional love of God or tell the world that we’re all on our own and there’s no hope for joy, life or anything beyond our small little lives.

Today’s Word: Beloved

Published on July 14, 2013 By admin

A baptism is a blessing in the trust sense of the word. Take Jesus’ own baptism, for instance. He comes out of the water of the River Jordan and a voice from heaven says, “you are my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on you.”

A call for guest bloggers: Writing as a true spiritual discipline

Published on May 11, 2013 By admin

“Writing,” Henri Nouwen wrote, “can be a true spiritual discipline. Writing can help us to concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic expression to what we are living, and to store significant events in our memories. Writing can also be good for others who might read what we write.”

Solitude: Finding our own “lonely place” (part 1)

Published on February 25, 2012 By admin

Like Jesus, we need to have our “lonely place,” that quiet sacred space we can go, not just to get away from the world and its busy-ness, but to prepare ourselves more fully for our engagement in the world.