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...

Mentor’s Message

George, my former boss, was in the habit of giving the book, “A Message to Garcia”, to his new staff members by way of orientation.  Written by Elbert Hubbard in 1899 in a, “single hour after dinner”, this slim volume (12 pages—16 if you count the illustrations)...

Through a Glass, Darkly

In 1993, on a journey to Moscow, Russia, I encountered iconography in a spectacular way.  Icons seemed to be everywhere. To my 19-year-old eyes, this ubiquitous spiritual art, like everything else in the former (but only just former) Soviet Union seemed mysterious,...

I Hear You……Father

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” - Ps.95 One of the most surprising aspects I learned after the death of my father three months ago was that I was struggling within my mind to recall what his voice sounded like.  Of course we have video recordings...

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