Traveling Mercies

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In the last days before a trip, things can fall apart. A rear-end accident, a delayed document, a change in the prognosis of an illness. The size of the shoes don’t fit the size of the feet. The airline server goes down. Someone’s crying, Lord. So I cling to this Gaelic blessing as I go [Read More...]

To Be A Pilgrim

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It is my season of pilgrimage again! The signs are all around me. The last two books that I read have opened with a reference to John Bunyan’s old hymn, All Who Would Valiant Be: All who  would valiant be ‘gainst all disaster, let them in constancy follow the Master. There’s no discouragement shall make them [Read More...]

Choosing a Life Story

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I sat with a companion this week to say farewell to the journey of five years we had taken together in spiritual direction, and I could not keep myself from smiling as we rehearsed the moments and milestones together. Surely there had been disruptions, disappointments, uncharted roads and unexpected turns. But as I listened to [Read More...]

Our Old Stories

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Telling the old stories can be endlessly entertaining: “Remember the time she said…?” “Did I tell you about the time when…?” “I’ll never forget the moment at which he announced…”  At a celebration last night, the stories flowed along with the libations being poured. And there was joy in hearing those old, old stories. Laughter [Read More...]

Hearing a God Story

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Telling our own story is a great challenge sometimes. Listening for God’s story that intersects our lives can be even more challenging. One of the hopes we share in spiritual direction is to develop the practice of listening for the authentic presence of the Holy One in our lives. The noise fields around us fill [Read More...]

Sacred Story, Open Heart

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Summertime is story telling time. Whether it is a presidential candidate intent on  “telling the narrative” he hopes to provide for the nation, kids sharing the excitement of a first scuba dive or swim across the pool, or Garrison Keillor at the Hollywood Bowl meandering through Lake Wobegon with his elderly mother, a story captures [Read More...]

Collateral Damage II

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I am finding it hard to be writing about the collateral pain that occurs when leaders in the Church betray trust, even though I have been living with its effects in my own soul for for 25 years. But as I wrote last week (see previous post), it has pushed me to wrestle with my [Read More...]

On Collateral Damage from Clergy Misconduct–I

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  In my 25 years in active ministry, clergy misconduct occurred in 3 out of my 4 calls. What the participants  had in common was: -an unwillingness or inability to be self-reflective                                               [Read More...]


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