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Spiritual Direction: Weekly Summary

Spiritual Direction Saturday, June 26, 2021 Week Twenty-Five Summary and Practice Sunday, June 20—Friday, June 25, 2021 Sunday No matter the religion or denomination in which we are raised, our spirituality still comes through the first filter of our own life experience. Monday As a spiritual midwife, the director’s task is to pay attention, to… Continue Reading Spiritual Direction: Weekly Summary

Living the Shadow

Shadow Work Living the Shadow Tuesday, June 15, 2021 All God appears to want from us is honesty and humility. There is no other way to read Jesus’ stories of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32) or the tax collector and the Pharisee (Luke 18:9–14). In each story, the one who did wrong ends up being… Continue Reading Living the Shadow

Giving Birth to Christ: Weekly Summary

Giving Birth to Christ Saturday, December 12, 2020 Summary: Sunday, December 6—Friday, December 11, 2020 If we try to “manage” God, or manufacture our own worthiness by any performance principle whatsoever, we will never bring forth the Christ, but only more of ourselves. (Sunday) We are a part of this movement of an ever-growing Universal… Continue Reading Giving Birth to Christ: Weekly Summary

Change Is Inevitable

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Change Is Inevitable Sunday, July 5, 2020 The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But the mystery of transformation more often happens not when something new begins, but when something old falls apart. The pain of something old falling apart—chaos—invites the soul to listen at a deeper level, and sometimes forces… Continue Reading Change Is Inevitable

Patient Trust

Summary: An Evolving Faith Patient Trust Sunday, December 29. 2019 God keeps creation both good and new—which means always going somewhere even better. God keeps creating things from the inside out, so they are forever evolving, yearning, developing, growing, and changing for the good. If we understand the Eternal Christ Mystery as the symbolic Alpha… Continue Reading Patient Trust

Growing in Christ: Week 2 Summary

Growing in Christ: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, March 24—Friday, March 29, 2019 To grow toward love, union, salvation, or enlightenment (I use the words almost interchangeably), we must be moved from Order to Disorder and finally to Reorder. (Sunday) It seems we all begin in naïveté and eventually return to a “second naïveté” or simplicity,… Continue Reading Growing in Christ: Week 2 Summary

Patience

Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith Patience Friday, January 4, 2019 The New Testament shows history working in a way that is both evolutionary and positive. See, for example, Jesus’ many parables of the Kingdom, which lean heavily on the language of growth and development. He uses metaphors of the seed, the maturing ear of corn,… Continue Reading Patience

Darkness and Light

Unknowing: Week 1 Darkness and Light Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one. —Psalm 139:12 Perhaps the most universal way to name the two spiritual traditions of knowing and not-knowing is light and darkness. The formal theological terms are kataphatic… Continue Reading Darkness and Light

When Things Fall Apart

From the Bottom Up: Summary When Things Fall Apart Friday, December 29, 2017 The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But transformation more often happens not when something new begins but when something old falls apart. The pain of something old falling apart—disruption and chaos—invites the soul to listen at a deeper level. It… Continue Reading When Things Fall Apart

Seeing through Shadows

Hope in the Darkness Seeing through Shadows Sunday, September 3, 2017 Spiritual transformation is often thought of as movement from darkness to light. In one sense that is true, while in another sense, this image fails to show the whole picture. Darkness is always present alongside the light. Pure light blinds; shadows are required for… Continue Reading Seeing through Shadows

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