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: Drink From Your Own Well

Drink From Your Own Well Live your life in the Spirit of Jesus you have encountered. Dip deeply into the well, your experience of God, for careful discernment is a lifelong task, confessing weakness in humility, trusting the one greater than your heart. Where does God lead us as a people? Together we...

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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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Enduring Ministry / Author’s Intro

From time to time readers ask me to offer a personal introduction to Enduring Ministry. May this brief video be an encouragement and a useful tool for your reflection and conversations. https://youtu.be/VGfiryTklI8 Learn more about Enduring Ministry . . . Enduring Ministry's Cover and...

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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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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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Reader’s Poem: The Startup Owner’s Guide

Thanks to the recommendation of Adam Gordon, President of Andaimo Games and adviser to the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery, I have already benefited from the entrepreneurial wisdom in this text The Startup Owner's Manual. The methods and principles, I am told,...

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