Archive for Friday Blog

Doing What We Have Learned

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Perhaps it’s because I’m weary of the divisive speech that is becoming more commonplace in our country and of the racism and ignorance of the “other” that undergird it. Maybe it’s hearing hateful comments, seeing intolerance, and recognizing that choices are being made to stoke fear and anger […]

October 10, 2017 by Mary van Balen 1 Comment
Categories: Contemplation in Action and Contemplative Living. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

We Belong to Each Other

Today’s post is by Savannah Kate Coffey There is no denying we live under the constant threat of violence. Sunday night, a celebratory Las Vegas landscape was instantly disfigured into carnage. Terror is its own particular brand of horror, causing pain indiscriminately and without warning. Individuals have the power to destroy, but individuals also have […]

October 10, 2017 by Kate Coffey 1 Comment
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality, Loss, Love, and Non-duality. Tags: beauty, Las Vegas, and suffering. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

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 […]

Grief, Contemplation and God’s Love (Part 2)

Today’s post is by Tom Adams. This is part 2 of a two-part series. Read part 1 here. The opportunity to feel and to grieve added new energy and opportunity to embrace God’s love and trust in it. In 2014 I transitioned from leading a small consulting company to being a manager in a bigger […]

September 09, 2017 by Tom Adams
Categories: Loss, Love, and Prayer. Tags: grief. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

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.

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.

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.

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.