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You need a spiritual pilgrimage.
Begin by closing your mouth.

~sayings of the Desert Fathers



Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: desert fathers, pilgrimage, and silence. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Letting God Lead

Today’s post is by the late Gerald May There is a huge difference, I have found, between acting as if God were leading—which is what I do when my ego tries to decide and implement what God wants—and really letting God lead, which happens when my ego stops filtering and controlling and begins simply to […]

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
~Mary Oliver


Rest and Discernment

Today’s post is by Bonnie Wallace The call to discernment is a call to deep rest and abiding presence. This type of rest is a source of renewal and openness. As Tilden Edwards explains in Sabbath Time, “Our minds and our prayers need to relax their frequent weekday grasping, striving, judging, fearing. Full rest is […]

September 09, 2016 by Bonnie Wallace
Categories: Contemplative Living, Self Compassion, Spiritual Deepening, and spiritual direction. Tags: discernment, rest, and Sabbath. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Shared Spiritual Companionship

Article by Tilden Edwards (in September 2016 eNews) The medieval mystic Hafiz said, “Like a great starving beast, my body is quivering, fixed on the scent of Light.” That’s a radical thought for us to bring to spiritual direction, both as director and directee. That quivering in me is the strong, graced desire for communion — […]

Full openness is
God’s image
revealed in us.
~Tilden Edwards




Discovering Our Identity

Today’s post is by Laura Bratton As a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, I was wrestling with deep theological questions that seminary students ask: Who is God? How do I understand God’s presence in the world? I was also struggling with another question. What is my identity? As a person who had recently become blind, […]

it takes courage to grow up
and become who you really are.

~e.e. cummings


Categories: Contemplative Living. Tags: e.e. cummings, growing up, and Poetry. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

The Gift of Contemplative Awareness

Today’s post is by Liz Ward “In God we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 Voices on television, computers and in newspapers expose us to heartbreaking tragedies all over the world; taking in even a tiny fraction of the pain and suffering of creation can seem overwhelming. We see images of pain and […]

Lord, grant that I
may seek more
to understand
than to be
~St. Francis



Categories: Contemplative Spirituality and Love. Tags: child, compassion, and understanding. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.