Benedictine Spirituality · Teaching

Thoughts and Prayers, Guns and School

These past few days our social media feeds have been filled with messages of thoughts and prayers for the victims of yet another school shooting. And there are just as many posts that reject what may seem like Pollyanna, feel-good greetings: I understand both perspectives. I want to “LIKE” the thoughts and prayers posts and… Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers, Guns and School

Benedictine Spirituality · Creativity · SoulCollage

My word for the year is…

You know how spiritual gurus encourage you to pick a word of the year, something profound and inspirational to help you navigate a new year? Well, I found mine the other day. I had contemplated some lofty sounding words, but I don’t even remember them now because when this word fell on me, I knew… Continue reading My word for the year is…

Benedictine Spirituality · Spiritual Friendship · Spiritual Journey

Rome ~ Layers Like Lasagna

There are layers of history in Rome—“layers like lasagna”—one tour guide suggested. Literally, layers were built on top of layers, buildings that had been destroyed by war and natural disaster were covered with dirt and new buildings were erected over ruins. Symbolically, many Christian churches were built over ancient pagan sites. The architecture, art, and religious… Continue reading Rome ~ Layers Like Lasagna

Benedictine Spirituality · Spiritual Friendship

Rome: Packing and unpacking can be a lot of work

It’s been a little over a month since I’v­e returned from Rome. I’ve reported on official business of the Oblate Congress in a four-part blog series on Being Benedictine. It takes me awhile to unpack my feelings and the higher purpose or meaning within my experiences, but I’m getting there. For so many months I was filled… Continue reading Rome: Packing and unpacking can be a lot of work

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