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Jesus as Spiritual Director

Spiritual Direction Jesus as Spiritual Director Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Every culture and religious tradition have some method of passing on spiritual wisdom and for helping individuals to discover their own. The Christian tradition of spiritual direction can find its origin in Jesus’ own way of relating to his disciples and the many who sought… Continue Reading Jesus as Spiritual Director

Spousal Prayer

Mystical Marriage Spousal Prayer Thursday, May 13, 2021 The soul who deeply desires to remain in Christ’s holy company, and is sincerely grateful for the intimacy with him that is possible, and finds herself truly in love with this Lord who does so much for us—is the soul whom I consider to be most evolved.… Continue Reading Spousal Prayer

God is Entirely Intimate

Mystical Marriage God is Entirely Intimate Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Lie down in the Fire See and taste the Flowing Godhead through thy being; Feel the Holy Spirit Moving and compelling Thee within the Flowing Fire and Light of God. —Mechthild of Magdeburg, The Flowing Light of the Godhead 6.29  Mechthild of Magdeburg (c. 1212–c.… Continue Reading God is Entirely Intimate

Christ, Our Beloved Bridegroom

Mystical Marriage Christ, Our Beloved Bridegroom Monday, May 10, 2021 If we could glimpse the panoramic view of the biblical revelation and the Big Picture of which we are a part, we’d see how God is forever evolving human consciousness, making us ever more ready for God. The Hebrew prophets and many Catholic and Sufi… Continue Reading Christ, Our Beloved Bridegroom

We Are the Beloved

Mystical Marriage We Are the Beloved Sunday, May 9, 2021 Saint Bonaventure taught that we are each “loved by God in a particular and incomparable manner, as in the case of a bride and groom.” [1] Francis and Clare of Assisi knew that the love God has for each soul is unique and made to… Continue Reading We Are the Beloved

The Wisdom of Presence

Self-Emptying The Wisdom of Presence Thursday, December 17, 2020 We empty ourselves to let the divine flood us with love. We are empty so we may be full. —Beverly Lanzetta It seems that one of the most difficult lessons for us to learn is that knowledge is not the same as wisdom. Even sincere spiritual… Continue Reading The Wisdom of Presence

Relationship

Contemplation: Week 1 Relationship Tuesday, December 11, 2018 The contemplative potential . . . is the capacity to gradually unfold into intimacy with God. God is relationship: a relationship that has no end and unlimited possibilities. —Thomas Keating [1] Christian contemplation is never simply meditation on something but is necessarily the deepening of relationship with… Continue Reading Relationship

The Challenge and Opportunity in Relationship

Love: Week 2 The Challenge and Opportunity in Relationship Monday, November 5, 2018 I think most people are called to marriage because we need at least one other person to be like a mirror for us, to reflect our best self—and our worst self—in a way that we can receive. The interesting thing about a… Continue Reading The Challenge and Opportunity in Relationship

Self-Giving

Love: Week 1 Self-Giving Thursday, November 1, 2018 All Saints’ Day Divine love is compassionate, tender, luminous, totally self-giving, seeking no reward, unifying everything. —Thomas Keating [1] Every act of complete self-giving in the name of the fullness, even though you feel like you are isolated, ignored, unconnected, and meaningless, connects you immediately and becomes… Continue Reading Self-Giving

The Face of the Others

Love: Week 1 The Face of the Others Wednesday, October 31, 2018 In Jesus, God gave us a human heart we could love. While God can be described as a moral force, as consciousness, and as high vibrational energy, the truth is, we don’t (or can’t?) fall in love with abstractions. So God became a… Continue Reading The Face of the Others

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