Benedictine Spirituality · Teaching

Rome: Confessions, Truths and Carpe Diem!

Confession: I feel a little guilty for taking nine days off during the school year. Truth: But not enough that I wouldn’t seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Rome. It’s unheard of for a teacher to take off two weeks during the school year. First, we only get eleven days off for sick or… Continue reading Rome: Confessions, Truths and Carpe Diem!

Benedictine Spirituality · Spiritual Journey

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

People who don’t give money to the homeless because they think it will be spent on alcohol and not food should ask themselves what guilty pleasures they are secretly spending money on, Pope Francis said. “There are many excuses” to justify why one doesn’t lend a hand when asked by a person begging on the street.… Continue reading God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Benedictine Spirituality · Nature · Prayer · Spiritual Friendship · Spiritual Journey

Many Ways to Pray: Take a Hike

There are many ways to pray. Really all of life can, and should, be a prayer. We are never not in connectedness with God, but it is in prayer that we become aware of this union even more. Recently, I shared an experience of walking a labyrinth, an ancient portal to prayer that has only… Continue reading Many Ways to Pray: Take a Hike

Benedictine Spirituality · Creativity · Retreats · SoulCollage

We Are Moons, Not Suns

 We are moons, not suns, except in our ability to pass on the light. ~Richard Rohr Just as the moon receives its light from the Sun, so we gather our light from a greater Source. Drawing from Divine Light through prayer, gratitude, and creativity, we can grow into the fullness of life that God desires… Continue reading We Are Moons, Not Suns

Benedictine Spirituality · Spiritual Friendship · Spiritual Journey

St Benedict, St. Scholastica and Spiritual Friendship

I received the gift of the Holy Spirit when I was nine years old. It took many months of catechism class to prepare to receive the sacrament of Holy Confirmation in the Catholic Church. There were dozens of questions about doctrine and faith to study, like: What is a sacrament?  A sacrament is an outward sign… Continue reading St Benedict, St. Scholastica and Spiritual Friendship

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Spiritual Journey

An ICY snow day reflection

Last week I enjoyed the stability of an icy day. The Benedictine vow of stability provides for our need to be rooted in Christ, to be grounded in the present moment, and practicing gratitude regardless of our circumstances and of the uncertain future.  Seasons come and go, “but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah… Continue reading An ICY snow day reflection

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Spiritual Journey

The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always?

The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always? Today’s weather, on this day of the inauguration, reflects how I have felt for several weeks now. It’s a little dreary, foggy, rainy; the road ahead is unclear.  But weather can change quickly in Nebraska, so I imagine that my feelings will likely change soon enough… Continue reading The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always?