• Interfaith Reflections on a Hurting World

    “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet”.-Frederick Buechner “When we seek what is truest in our own tradition, we discover that we are one with those who seek what is truest in their tradition.”-James Finley Frederick Buechner’s words deeply speak to me, and…

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  • Interfaith Reflections on Contemplation

    As a peer group leader with Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Spiritual Groups and Retreats program, my focus was on helping our associates to be fully present in the Presence through the many prayer practices taught throughout the program. Silence is one practice that plays a vital role in helping us to be fully present…

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  • Living and Leading from the Spiritual Heart

    Do not forget that you servea Mysterythat neither you nor your father’s fathernor your mother’s mother began.And the laughter and the tearsthat accompany your laborare not bornof your clevernessor your holiness,but are reflections of the Mystery of Godin the still watersof the eternal lakeby moonlight…~ William C. MartinThe Art of Pastoring Nine years later, I…

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  • Five Gathered: A Reflection on Group Spiritual Direction

    I had the bountiful blessing of making four very close friends this past week. It was not your typical friendship. Five individuals gathered together in faith, in silence, in prayer, and in profound empathy. The gathering was not by chance. No, something else, rather someone else, was at work — One I will call the…

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  • Living Into Resurrection: The Redemption of Our Bodies

    As the celebration of Easter Day fades, and we journey into the Easter season, I find myself reflecting on what it means now to live into resurrection. I celebrated the glorious redemption of Jesus’ body—his wounds have been transformed, alleluia! And yet, there are many bodies around me that are still suffering, whose wounds have…

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  • So Many Annunciations!

    The Feast of the Annunciation in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar was delayed to April 8 this year since it fell on Monday of Holy Week, which takes precedence.  It is a sign of the importance of this feast that, instead of skipping it, the Church rescheduled it so that it gets the respect it…

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