Can Fiction Become Reality?

Can Fiction Become Reality?

We each have our favorite ways of relaxing.  One of mine is reading, especially mysteries. Besides being engrossing and entertaining, some also serve as tools for learning and reflection. This has been my experience when reading the mysteries from Louise Penny’s Chief...
Cat Tales

Cat Tales

Recently I welcomed Petey into my home and no, his presence has not stirred any neighborhood gossip.  Petey is an old, large, tan, and feral cat. Petey, like my previous pets, is a wonderful spiritual teacher.  Being feral for so many years, he is naturally very...
What is Mine to Do?

What is Mine to Do?

As St. Francis of Assisi was dying, he told his brother friars, “I have done what was mine to do, now go and do what is yours”. But what is mine to do and how do I know (especially since it often involves leaving a commitment behind)?  Letting go of current...
The Thomas Merton Prayer

The Thomas Merton Prayer

During a recent visit with my spiritual director, I was sharing my sense of loss of purpose, meaning, and vision for my future.  I was feeling directionless with no way forward. Sound familiar? Some may refer to this feeling of nowhere as “liminal space”, that time...
When Nothing Speaks

When Nothing Speaks

The date I had promised to write a reflection was fast approaching and yet I had not a single insight, though, or inspiration to share.  Nothing spoke to my heart.  There was only an empty silence. I tried writing about nice thoughts using lofty spiritual words but...