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Sisters on Retreat

Today’s post is by Francie Thayer My two (biological) sisters and I don’t get to be together all that often. We live in different time zones and have lives that make it tricky. But once a year we do get together—just us—for a “Sisters’ Convention.” For two or three days in various locations, we gather […]

October 10, 2017 by Francie Thayer
Categories: Community, Contemplative Spirituality, Love, and Prayer. Tags: retreat and sisters. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Saint Bonifacia’s Ordinary Way

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen The liturgical calendar in early August celebrates the lives of three women saints: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), St. Clare, and Saint Bonifacia Rodriguez y Castro. If you’re like me, you’re familiar with the first two. But who was the third, Saint Bonifacia? Her memorial […]

September 09, 2017 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Community, Contemplative Living, and Prayer. Tags: Saint Bonificia. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Running Alone

Today’s post is by Jeff Nelson Ever since I was in seminary (close to 15 years ago), I’ve tried to maintain a regular workout regimen. For most of this stretch, I have refused to exercise around other people. The times when I’ve done so have made me self-conscious, and I convinced myself it would be […]

August 08, 2017 by Jeff Nelson 2 Comments
Categories: Body Prayer, Community, and Prayer. Tags: exercise and running. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Spiritual Companions across the Centuries

Today’s post is by Margaret Benefiel “Rebuild my church.”  God used these words from Francis of Assisi’s story to speak to me as I sat in prayer with two spiritual companions in Greensboro, North Carolina, after a heartbreaking disillusionment.  I had left a job that I had thought was my dream job, my dream shattered.  […]

Hospitality is the way we turn around
a prejudiced world
one heart at a time.
Hospitality binds the world together.
~Joan Chittister

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Pilgrimage: The Way of the Heart

Article by Carole Crumley (in January 2017 eNews) This past month, it seems that everything in my life has been in motion. Trips to stores, shops, the post office have multiplied exponentially. Precious visits to family and friends have kept us on the road. Christmas scripture readings have magnified this sense of movement. A young […]

I live in widening circles
That reach out across the world.

~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Categories: Community, Nature and spirituality, and Non-duality. Tags: rilke. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

We can only be said to be alive
in those moments when
our hearts are conscious
of our treasures.
~Thornton Wilder

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Categories: Community and Prayer. Tags: gratitude and thanksgiving. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Post Election Reflections from Shalem Leaders

In light of the dismay and fear many are sensing this week, we wanted to share a few brief remarks from Shalem leaders in the wake of Tuesday’s election results. Margaret Benefiel: In my wrestling with the election results, I sense we will certainly need to seek deep contemplative grounding to live faithfully through these next […]

Deep Interconnection in this Election Season

by Patience Robbins, excerpted from a Wednesday Election Guided Prayer Session (in November eNews) “Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother, this we know. The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected, like the blood which unites […]