Nature and Listening

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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...

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Mk 11:19-26 The Fig Tree and Prayer

The Fig Tree and Prayer  Mark 11:19-26 When evening came, Jesus went out of the city. At morning they passed the fig tree, now withered away. Peter said, Rabbi, look! The tree you cursed has withered. Jesus replied, Have faith in God. Tell a mountain to move —without doubt— it shall be. Whatever...

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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...

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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...

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Reader’s Poem: Turning To One Another

Turning to One Another We can change the world with simple, honest conversation. Learn quickly now how to live and work together. Some conditions are simplicity, courage, listening, and diversity. Power for change lies in discovering what we care about. The work is yours—now as convener and host. Margaret Wheatley. Turning to One Another:...

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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: October, or Autumnal Tints

October Is the month of painted leaves. What if we, too, were to glow in decay? See this great sea of scattered leaf-boats we paddle amid? These colored leaves excite joy, exhilaration. The routine of life interrupted. Stand under this tree, study it closely. There’s as much beauty as we are prepared to appreciate. Henry...

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The Gospel of Mark in Poem and Image

"Truly this man was the son of God . . ." (Mark 15:39) In sixteen action-packed chapters, the Gospel of Mark makes haste to convince readers of the good news of Jesus Christ. This collection of ninety-one reader's poems, combined with...

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Reader’s Poem: Letters to a Young Poet

Go into yourself. Works of art are of an infinite solitude. Try to love the questions themselves and not lose too much time or courage in clarifying, for what is happening is worthy of your entire love. Perhaps what frightens you is helpless and wants your love. Act as the unique, unrepeatable being you...

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