A Left-handed Spirituality, Sort of…

Pixabay.com Time for a little fun.  We’ve been heavy into deep prayer topics lately so why not digress for a breather?  I thought of this topic as the school year began and, of course, when International Left-handers Day took place on August 13.   Full disclosure: I am left-handed.  Most days I do not even think about it but... Continue Reading →

What is the Dark Night of the Soul?

Pixabay.com I get asked this question a lot in my work and to be truthful, I always get a bit shaky trying to answer it.  First, masters and writers in contemplative spirituality are very knowledgeable on this topic.  Think: John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, metaphysical poets like George Herbert, John Donne, Henry Vaughan, think of... Continue Reading →

Knock and You Shall Receive…

Pixabay.com A dear friend in a nursing home is always asking me if I think she will get to heaven. We are talking here about a woman who had been a nun but left after many years; gave her life to teaching small children and served her parish in sundry ministries, especially communion to the... Continue Reading →

Again: The Prayer of Simply Be

Pixabay.com My friend is turning 80 and getting a bit tired trying to do everything her prayer life has asked of her over the years. She always had a mountain of spiritual reading books near her ‘prayer chair.’ She could discuss the gurus like Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, Ronald Rolheiser, and any Jesuit currently flexing... Continue Reading →

“The Art and Spirituality of Listening”

Pixabay.com In a recent interview about her appointment from Pope Francis as one of three women to the Dicastery for Bishops, Sister Yvonne Reungoat outlined the qualities we should look for in episcopal candidates.  She stated the top quality unequivocally is, “…a bishop (one) must have the ability to listen, both to those who have the... Continue Reading →

“Flourishing:” The Goal We Need to Achieve

Pixabay.com I am typically inspired by the people who come for spiritual direction.  The fact that they are seeking growth in the spiritual life and humble enough to request guidance or companionship in the effort is pretty amazing to me.  Their ‘seeking’ will help them to flourish within the soul, to become happier persons and to contribute... Continue Reading →

Saints Galore: Take Your Pick

Pixabay.com Roman Catholics have a veritable galaxy of canonized saints to pray to for various needs and occasions.  We love our saints!  Look at the marquee of any Catholic church and you will see the church is most likely named for a saint unless it is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, or the Holy Trinity.  Right... Continue Reading →

A Modern Good Samaritan 

Pixabay.com It is the mid-1980s and a scourge of a health epidemic was raging throughout our country and the world, eventually.  Thousands were dying of AIDS and there was no known cure.   We only knew that the disease stemmed from indiscreet sexual practices, particularly among the gay community. In San Francisco, California, a popular opinion journalist for... Continue Reading →

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