The Future of Benedictine Retreat Ministry: An Adaptive Challenge for St. Paul’s Monastery

By Samuel Rahberg, Director of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery, St. Paul, MN | srahberg@stpaulsmonastery.org | 651.777.7251 | Published in the journal Benedictines Magazine (LXV:2 2012 Fall/Winter), 18-28. | Louisville Institute Project Grant for Researchers #2012010 The Future of Benedictine Retreat Ministry: An...

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Reader’s Poem: Radical Candor

Radical Candor happens when you put together “care personally” and “challenge directly.” Clear praise and criticism become good guidance. Learn how others dream and derive meaning from their work. Enable teams to achieve collectively what is not possible individually. Stay centered, build trust. Be helpful, humble, immediate. Balance growth and...

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Nature and Listening

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Reader’s Poem: The Opposable Mind

The Opposable Mind can hold two conflicting ideas in constructive tension, welcoming the opportunity for break-through resolution. Integrative thinking combines perspectives, tools, and experiences to generate creativity. Keep practicing. Don’t dawdle. The world needs you. Roger Martin. The Opposable Mind: Winning through Integrative Thinking. Boston: Harvard Business School, 2007. Reader’s poem...

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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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