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Examen
07 Mar 2016

FIRST: The Prayer of Examen

As I entered into the world of spiritual formation I was introduced to a number of different ways to pray. One form of prayer that really resonated with me was

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folded hundred dollar bills
03 Mar 2016

MONEY

Money. It’s mine. It’s personal. It’s private. It’s none of your concern. I earn it. I spend it. I save it. I share it. It’s mine and it’s none of

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Daily-Office
29 Feb 2016

FIRST: Daily Office

A number of years ago, I attended a course in Ignatian spirituality with a friend, not quite knowing what it was all about. There were many terms and rituals that

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Spiritual-Direction
22 Feb 2016

FIRST: Spiritual Direction

Just over seventy of us sat through a lecture-ish, presentation-ish, but still devotional-ish introduction to the discipline of Spiritual Direction. There are rules, sort of. This is what it is.

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Discursive-Meditation
15 Feb 2016

FIRST: Discursive Meditation

When you say meditation, I think of either someone sitting on the ground cross-legged, fingers pinched, ohm-ing or maybe someone is in a life group trying to find their “power

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Shepherd
11 Feb 2016

Out of the Ordinary

I came across this familiar phrase in my reading the other day…..out of the ordinary. My mind immediately went to the typical meanings like “exceptional, extraordinary and remarkable”. For some

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From the Blog

Autumn in the Alps of Austria
24 Sep 2015

TREES

Straight. Tall. Beautiful. The sight is familiar to travelers, whether the journey is via car, bus, or train. Through Maine, Pennsylvania, and Switzerland, the birch, oak, maple, and pine trees

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Woman walking on sand beach leaving footprint in the sand
17 Sep 2015

FEET

Amazing. At least it is amazing to me. It started with a long walk on the beach with shifting sand. It led to torn ligaments, change in gait, and added

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Door of hope with copy space , 3d render
10 Sep 2015

Quieting the Noise

The greatest impact on my spiritual growth has been my exposure to and practice of spiritual disciplines. I was privileged to sit under the teachings of author and speaker Ruth

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Traveler with a backpack and trekking sticks.Woman hiker in the forest. View from the back.  Photographed in Russia.
08 Sep 2015

A Journey Begins

Our first Cultivate – Young Adult cohort begins a 9-month journey that will challenge and strengthen the “inner life.” Through the book, “The Holy Longing” by Ronald Rolheiser, we will

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Sunscreen flat icon with long shadow
02 Sep 2015

PROTECTION

I was melting. Seriously, I was melting. The drops of fluid on my skin, the mascara smearing around my eyes, the dampness of the clothing on my body, and the

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