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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Reader’s Poem: Till We Have Faces

Orual, the angry king’s homely daughter. Psyche, her lovely young sister. The people offered Psyche as bride to the Mountain God, where she lived a vision Orual could not see. Twisting love, Orual convinces Psyche to betray her groom. When the lamp reveals his beauty, Psyche is banished. The...

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Faith & Leadership: Befriending Your Limits

Part of effective Christian leadership is learning when to reach beyond and when to accept our own limitations. A spiritual director offers some thoughts and advice on how to do that. This article was first published on 7 Mar...

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Reader’s Poem: Grounded

The biblical narrative is of God coming near. We are in God, God is in us. Liminal space is uncertain territory between two more certain realities. God, like sky, touches the earth and reaches infinitely beyond. We long for stories of belonging, sacred grounding in God. Ultimately, God is...

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Enduring Ministry Reflection, Celebrating the Release

This reflection is based on Samuel Rahberg’s remarks at the 17 Jan 2017 book release of Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership (Liturgical Press), hosted by the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Paul’s Monastery. We are formed,...

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