Telling the sacred story, Part 1

This is the first of a series that began as an exercise — a training exercise for those pursuing a call to spiritual companioning (or, as it is often called, spiritual direction).  Living into the[…]

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Primary Questions: What Do You Mean by Freedom?

Every day this week and last, when I put on the funny looking bicycle helmet and tentatively climb aboard my bright red cruiser to head to the beach, I find that my mind is flooded[…]

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Me and contemplative prayer — a love-hate relationship

I begin with this title because it is my truth.  As a spiritual director, I am often asked about contemplative prayer as a practice.  And, if I tell the truth about it, most of my[…]

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Maybe this is the explanation…

If you meet me at a party and ask me the great American question, you know the “what do you do with yourself” question, you could get a variety of answers, depending on my mood,[…]

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Primary questions…

In these past years of living into my call as someone who walks alongside others on their spiritual journey, I’ll admit that I have struggled with the idea of where to begin.  Not where to[…]

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The light is there, if you look for it…

Sometimes, like today, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit in awe as the new sun makes itself known in some beautiful setting. I try to take that opportunity when given, because,[…]

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Love as strong as death…an Ash Wednesday meditation

Yes, it is Ash Wednesday.  And, many of us will find a church somewhere — our own community or one unfamiliar to us  or a subway station or a street corner — and take upon[…]

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Present…

I am writing to you from an undisclosed location on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Okay, I’ll confess — I’ve just always wanted to say those words, “from an undisclosed location,” because I have seen too many[…]

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Pilgrim in place

No, I have not confused Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I’m referring to another kind of pilgrim. Today is the 12th Day of Christmas for those who observe such things.  I try, but somehow that observance becomes[…]

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Subversive Christmas…

I’m a little obsessed with the idea of the 12 Days of Christmas.  It all began last year, when we visited George Washington’s Mount Vernon for the Illuminations. You can read some of my thoughts[…]

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