Real Spiritual Practices for People Who Age: A Book Review

Book Review for A Season of Mystery by Paula Huston, now featured at the Patheos Book Club A fresh voice is added to the chorus of writers who are helping those of us in what we are calling the “second half of life” find our spiritual moorings. Paula Huston in A Season of Mystery uses her [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Vespers

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It is coming on to evening; I became aware last night at a concert of Monteverdi’s “Vespers,” that I long to close my evenings with attention to and from the Holy One, as the evening office of Vespers does. I need to ground my evening and my sleep in  a sense of Holy Presence whether [Read More...]

In Gratitude for Women who Run WithThe Spirit

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I am very grateful for so many thing this season, and right at the top of the list is the cloud of women witnesses who have nourished my faith from birth. I come from a strong Southern matriarchal family, a grandmother named Mary, a Bible teacher par excellence,  and my mother and her three sisters–formidable, [Read More...]

A Saint Unknown for All Saints Sunday

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We could not travel far in Ireland without running into signs, locations, references to the Big Name Saints: Patrick, Brigid and Brendan, followed by others like Kevin and Cieran. However, traveling with some prayer reflections about and from Irish saints in our hands, we discovered the presence of St. Gobnait of Ballyvourney in County Cork. [Read More...]

Obstacles and Distractions

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I get bumped off the journey with regularity. This week was rife with what seemed like spanners in the works, bumps along the road. When I was traveling in Ireland a few weeks ago, being stymied by a flock of sheep in the road seemed like a lark, an interesting happening on the pilgrimage. Here [Read More...]

How my Spirit meets Elections: does Faith matter?

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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

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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

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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...]


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