Nature and Listening

Continue reading →

Reader’s Poem: The Practice of Spiritual Direction

The Practice of Spiritual Direction is helping people develop their relationship with God. Who is God for me? Who am I for God? Experience loving God, being loved by God. Develop a contemplative attitude, looking, listening, noticing. Sometimes anxiety, too, is stimulus for growth and development. Continue becoming, fostering relationship with God.   William...

Continue reading →

Touchstones: Experiences in Nature as Encounters with the Divine

This essay originally appeared in Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction (Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018). Touchstones: Experiences in Nature as Encounters with the Divine These days I need the woods. I need to steal away from everyday pressures...

Continue reading →

Reader’s Poem: Group Spiritual Direction

Group Spiritual Direction Spiritual community makes real our seeking God and supports us. God draws people together to attend to Divine love, to gradually live out our desire for God. Come listen to God together. Practice faithfulness to this shared purpose, growing in openness to God. Come filled with expectancy. Rose Mary...

Continue reading →

Spiritual Direction: What Are You Talking About?

This introduction to spiritual direction was developed for the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery, in service to those new to the practice. SPIRITUAL DIRECTION WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Have you ever had one of those experiences when seemingly everyone is...

Continue reading →

Reader’s Poem: Listening Point

Point of discovery, awareness of subtle undertones the cabin symbolizes a way of life. Will all places of quiet and beauty be altered? Look, listen, and the day’s confused hurrying slows down. Glimpse the slow moving cycles of growth and change. Catch the mystery as a place speaks of the unknown. The old wilderness leaves its sense of...

Continue reading →

Role Models and Resources: Harvesting Nature’s Wisdom

Thankfully, role models and resources abound. Poets, painters, teachers, farmers, and community leaders continue to explore new and important ways to, as I might name it, live and pray in relationship to God and creation. We are inspired by people and...

Continue reading →

Harvesting Nature’s Wisdom for Listening and Leading

This reflection about harvesting nature's wisdom began as a workshop presented at a conference for Spiritual Directors International in Toronto called "Into the Woods." Harvesting Nature's Wisdom Dependent upon screens and digital realities as we too often are, harvesting nature's wisdom...

Continue reading →

Measured Speech: Speaking as though Every Word Mattered

This collection of simple exercises is based on a workshop by the same title originally hosted at the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery. The ideas draw from chapter three of Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership. I am grateful...

Continue reading →

Poem: Ice Break

On the far edge of winter a frozen lake quakes and groans as a warm sunrise hints at spring. Its slabbed topwater, fused by arctic nights, kept silent vigil until now. Hear the hard water whisper. Feel its echoed crack, the rumble of its low-pulsed boom. Wait in...

Continue reading →