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I read a line that caught my attention recently. "Life contains small moments of opportunity to practice being like Jesus." I have found the practice of Spiritual Direction helps me become aware and explore those moments in a day that have a particular hold on me. It could be small slight (or a big one), a poorly chosen word spoken to a coworker, an action I'm not particularly proud of, or any number of other openings. Openings are those moments that God allows us to dwell on......
I’ve been traveling a fair bit lately. I’ve stood in line watching the “best” people load the plane first. You know the ones, maybe you are one. The 1K traveler, Global Trekker, Medallion, Gold, Platinum, Executive Member, all walking on the red carpet until the rest of us are called to board. Imagine my surprise when my zone, zone one, was called and I too was able to be counted among the “best” and walk on the coveted red carpet toward the plane....
Jay and I had the privilege of spending a week on the island of Iona, Scotland. It was a pilgrimage of my heart to be in this holy place where St Columba brought Christianity to Scotland in 563. Celtic Christianity has as its distinctive being grounded in the love of God as envisioned by the disciple John, who laid his head on the chest of Jesus at the last supper. He could hear the heartbeat of God. And that heart beats for love....
On a Saturday in August I was driving with two friends to a day retreat.   Somewhere in the discussion one of my friends said, “Missy, we just need to be where our feet are!”.  Earlier that week I had been working with a spiritual practice called “The Compass”, a tool for stepping back and looking......
The is a line in the book Radical Hospitality  by Lonni Collins Pratt that I read this spring that continues to stir in me. “This isn’t you!” She tells the story of two young priests, Father Dan who was angry at Father Mike for inviting his (Dan’s) friends to his party. In Dan’s anger, he......
There were 8 or 9 of us meeting to pray for our friend who was going through treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  The leader also invited us to share, in our praying, any personal requests.  It had been a long time since I had been with this group of friends and so praying together also......
In an email he wrote, “I understand that you are at a new juncture, needing to be refreshed in body, mind and spirit; to pause and ask the LORD what he intends for you in the next few years.” I PAUSED and reread what he wrote, “…ask the LORD what he intends.” It is embarrassing......
My husband and I traveled to Oregon along with millions of others to catch a glimpse of the total eclipse of the sun this week.  As I waited patiently, I did not just see the moon covering the sun but experienced the process of the moon slowing moving across the sun.  As dusk came and......
I was reviewing my journal from 14 months ago when Carol and I were in Nairobi. I remember this man as if it were yesterday. The reflection seemed important then. It still does. Maybe it will resonate with you as well. Jay — I met Job the other day. No I really did. A man......
A newly minted young pastor was in conversation with his supervisor. This supervisor said John, remember, “Transformation does not take place in experience, transformation takes place in reflection on experience.” St. Ignatius said the same thing in the Prayer of Examine. Sadly, many in our culture find themselves going through entire days without even the slightest bit of reflection....
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