SEEK SILENCE AND SURRENDER

Seek silence and surrender; your busy-ness make still, To listen in the silence is how we know God's will. We cannot hear Him speaking as noises around us shrill; Stopping to hear the voice of God helps us climb the hill. That hill of life that is sometimes steep,...

The High Thin Spaces

I’m 32,000 feet above Lake Michigan.  It’s -51 degrees outside the Delta 737 I’m a passenger in.  In 1600 miles I hope to touch down to earth again.  As I look out the window of the plane I am recalling some words spoken by a Protestant pastor during a retreat I was...

Feast of St. Francis and the Transitus

In a few days we will be celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  For Franciscans this is our big celebration.  St. Francis founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, the Third Order of St. Francis and the Custody of the Holy...

Where Can I Hide?

When the ordinary isn’t ordinary anymore and life comes crashing in on you, what do you do?  If you are like me, you want to run away or you want to hide somewhere until the storm blows over.  But you know you can’t run away.  Where would you go?  You know you can’t...

How Patient Is God?

This is the time of year when cars are loaded with all conceivable items to make the room of a college student comfortable.  Certainly the items that are deemed necessary are much beyond the simple things that students went to college with, years ago.  They probably...

My Beloved

Have you fallen in love with Jesus?  When – where – how did you fall in love with Jesus?  Who is the holiest person in your life – the person with whom you can speak freely and often about your love for Jesus?  For me, the answer is:  my Grandma. From the moment of my...

RETREAT

This August, before I left for a 2nd annual wilderness canoe trip with a group of women friends, I was asked, “Is your trip a retreat?”  The asker meant, have I planned and organized the trip to be a retreat as a part of the work I do as a spiritual companion.  I...

Progress in Spirals

“The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress made in spirals.” Madame de Stael I love spirals! Just look up images of ‘spirals in nature’ and you will find they are myriad and each one of them is so unique and so beautiful! I have been enamored with...

Blessing

In our religious language, a very frequently used word is “blessing,” or “bless.”  It is most formally connected with our ritual and the action of a priest.  There is a blessing at the end of Eucharist.  There are other occasions when we might ask a priest to pray a...

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...

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