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Going Deeper

“It is not you who shapes God, but God who shapes you.” I came to Shalem dried out and dusty-wilderness clay grown hard and stale.  I came parched for living water. I came needing renewal of my heart and soul-to be re-oriented, re-presented, re-purposed, re-shaped by the One who is at work even in me […]

January 01, 2009 by Marjorie Wilhelmi
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I Surrender to God

Believing that one should end the year the way one would like to begin the new year, I spent the last three days prior to New Year’s Eve in prayer, meditation, and on a semi-fast. If I had been at Kripalu, my favorite yoga retreat center located in the Berkshires, I would have been experiencing […]

January 01, 2009 by Westina Matthews Shatteen
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Restlessness in Prayer

(from Will and Spirit by Gerald G. May. p.318) Appreciation of silence does not come with the same ease and readiness to all people.  Some find no difficulty at all in sitting still for hours at a time.  Others become fidgety and frustrated after only a few minutes.  It has been my experience that there […]

January 01, 2009 by Gerald May
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 The Principle of Likeness

To have a spiritual life is to recognize early on that there is always a similarity and coherence between the seer and the seen, the seekers and what they are capable of finding.  You will seek only what you have partially already discovered and seen within yourself as desirable.  Spiritual cognition is invariably re-cognition. Call […]

January 01, 2009 by Richard Rohr
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Seeking The One Who Has Already Found Us

Scripture says that God is endlessly involved in active, intimate love with us. According to the psalmist, God formed us in the womb and knows our every thought before we speak; we could fly to the uttermost parts of the universe, and God would still be with us. God spoke through Jeremiah: “I alone know […]

January 01, 2009 by Gerald May
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Listening From the Heart

Shalem’s Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative (YALLI) Two years ago, Carole Crumley and Leah Rampy invited me to participate in the Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative (YALLI). YALLI was born out of a conviction that there was a crucial need for the development of spiritually-motivated young adult leaders who would help shape a […]

January 01, 2009 by Andrea Noel
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Tending the Seed of Spiritual Friendship

On Becoming a Spiritual Director When reflecting on my ministry of spiritual guidance, it seems that being a spiritual director has been about discovering and nurturing something that was already planted within me and given in love long ago. It has been about listening more deeply to who I am in God and opening more […]

January 01, 2009 by Elizabeth Ward
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Our Soul’s Response to God

Selections from Evelyn Underhill’s writings Prayer is our soul’s response to God’s immense attraction, and this response begins in the activity of the will.  Will and desire are the heart of the mental life turned to God.  This is not mere pious reverie.  As Saint Teresa says, at the beginning of our prayer life, we […]

January 01, 2009 by Evelyn Underhill
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What I Know and Don’t Know

Years ago, I recall sitting in a group with Jerry May while he was speaking about contemplative prayer.  With great fun, he shared a story about a Tibetan monk who when asked a question would respond:  “don’t know” and kept repeating “don’t know.”  I still chuckle when I remember this and am reminded that answers […]

January 01, 2009 by Patience Robbins
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Finding My Spiritual Home at Shalem

I was probably about six years old when I first felt God’s presence.  I have spent the rest of my life trying to understand what I should do with that sense of God and that “inner compass” that has kept nudging me toward God through the years. My life unfolded in the usual business ways, […]

January 01, 2009 by Susan Pullin
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