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Grief, Contemplation and God’s Love (part 1)

Today’s post is by Tom Adams. This is part one of a two-part article. Part two will appear next Friday. Like the fields, my heart has times when it is fallow and times when it bursts with new life. These growth spurts seem to come from life’s challenges and from pain. They come with a […]

September 09, 2017 by Tom Adams 2 Comments
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality, Loss, and Prayer. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

A Story of Wings

Today’s post is by Kimberly Ann Borin  Angels show up in the most unexpected of ways and this past year was no different. This year, I decided to offer myself a Gift Year. I was yearning to take time off to pursue a theological education and had been discerning for more than a year with prayer, […]

September 09, 2017 by Kimberly Ann Borin 1 Comment
Categories: Body Prayer and Self Compassion. Tags: angels and wings. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Deep Listening: Spiritual Direction and Beyond

Article by Joan Conway (September 2017 eNews) Within the space opened up by recent retirement, I am being challenged to listen anew for God in my life. Shalem’s group spiritual direction workshop…afforded me an opportunity to refine my skills in the contemplative practice of deep listening. It also provided the chance for me to reflect on […]

September 09, 2017 by shalemonline
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

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.

Into the Wilderness

Article by Trish Stefanik (August 2017 eNews) I used to live in the mountain wilderness of West Virginia. I also love to spend time in the high desert of New Mexico. Both places of natural wonder open me to God. Confronted with the magnificence and starkness of the landscape and the infinite variety of creation, […]

Fountain Fullness and Good Stewardship

Post by Mary van Balen And since the nature of goodness is to diffuse itself… the Father is the fountain-fullness of goodness.        Ilia Delio Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise […]

July 07, 2017 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Nature and spirituality. Tags: Bonaventure, Ilia Delio, Pope Francis, standing rock, and water. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

New Movements of the Spirit

Article by Margaret Benefiel (July 2017 eNews) What is the Spirit doing now? This question frames the New Contemplative Exchange, a gathering of 19 young contemplative leaders with Thomas Keating, Tilden Edwards, Richard Rohr, and Laurence Freeman, occurring next month at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. Fifty years ago, the Spirit stirred Keating, Edwards, […]

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is…

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Hank is one of my favorite people. I don’t know him well, but I’m getting there. At the end of most work days I stop and talk with him on my way out. We talk about politics and religion despite conventional wisdom that warns against it. He shares […]

July 07, 2017 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Contemplative Living, Contemplative Spirituality, Nature and spirituality, and Prayer. Tags: Grace, mystery, rain, and worry. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Travel as Prayer

Today’s post is by Anita Davidson To celebrate my 60th and her 30th birthday, my daughter and I took a trip to Ireland and Lithuania. Ireland because I’ve always wanted to go there and Lithuania because my maternal grandparents emigrated from there to the US. It was my first trip “across the pond” and I […]

June 06, 2017 by Anita Davidson 1 Comment
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, Pilgrimage, and Prayer. Tags: Ireland, Newgrange, thin place, and travel. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.