Advent Online Retreat · Creativity · Power of Images · SoulCollage · Spiritual Friendship

Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 4)

Welcome to Session 4—Friendship as Sanctuary. It is so important to cultivate sacred friendships, to make space for people to experience giving and receiving the unconditional love that God extends to us. Soul friends, or anam caras, can bring us joy, humor, understanding, compassionate listening, comfort, or consolation—and the intuition to know what we need… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 4)

SoulCollage · Spiritual Friendship · Spiritual Journey

In a Pair of Red Shoes

“And if God sees fit to hold me Anyone that’s ever known me Know I’d walk the gold streets only In a pair of red shoes.” My friend, Colleen, loved red shoes. But I didn’t know this about her until her Aunt Bea shared a story at her funeral. What a silly thing to say… Continue reading In a Pair of Red Shoes

Spiritual Friendship · Spiritual Journey

Dear Super Blue Full Moon behind the clouds,

Dear Super Blue Full Moon behind the clouds, I know you are there even when I can’t see you, just like my loved ones who have passed on. On this night of the Super Blue Full Moon (that I am sure is happening behind the clouds), I am reminded of a very special Full Moon… Continue reading Dear Super Blue Full Moon behind the clouds,

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 · 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 · 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