How my Spirit meets Elections: does Faith matter?

I confess I have struggled to resist being a blue funk during this interminable election season. After a certain point, I have chosen to do no more listening, reading, and especially no arguing, about the relative merits and flaws of candidates and positions. We are a country deeply divided, as is the Church, as are [Read More...]

Miracles and Wonders: A Pilgrim’s View

Returning home after a magical and mysterious pilgrimage has left me speechless…at least at first! What can be said about the variety and beauty and surprise in entering into a world so ancient and new as Ireland is? To be a pilgrim there is an experience of body, all of the senses engaged and challenged [Read More...]

Traveling Mercies

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

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

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

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...]

Imagining a Story of Spirit

Sitting in the backyard with my Sadie, my youngest grandchild, we notice that one toy, a school bus, that has been in the family since the first grandchild, has a missing piece, a bear for the back seat. Where could it be? I was satisfied to say that it had been gone a long time, [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

  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 [Read More...]

‘Tis the Season!

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This quotation just found me: “In summer the song sings itself!”   William Carlos Williams That song-singing-itself is where my soul is perched this first week of summer. Summer is here! In Southern California it’s not quite so easy to track the seasons by the weather; it is more visible, palpable, and audible with changing traffic [Read More...]


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