Book Stack: November 2022

My stack of books this month is way beyond what i know i can absorb before I need to return them to the library… (although, perhaps if no one else requests them i can renew these books until the new year. 🙂 ) I do tend to take out a whack of books to examine…

Decomposition

God may not change, yet the world God created changes naturally and continually, and God declared it ‘Good!’

Open Prayer, September

Good God, I come to you feeling so unsettled, even despite reentering the peace-full routines of the new school season. I love this time of year, the crisper temperatures, cool nights with bonfires in the back garden, earlier nightfall to actually enjoy the patio lights on my deck because it’s finally dark enough before my…

Slow Work

Slow WorkOh, my dear ones,I know you were hopingFor a once-and-done.For an earthquake,A tidal wave.Hoping that if we gave it our all,A single push would be enough.That after this, we couldSinkBack into complacency,Back into the comfort of our privilege.I confess, in the secret corners of my heart,I wanted to believe it could be that easyThat…

Life of the Beloved

Recently I have been reading through some of Henri Nouwen’s works including ‘Spiritual Formation’ and ‘Being the Beloved’. What I am finding within Nouwen’s work is not only validation for what I am currently working through in my own mind, but also greater insight into the inarticulated desires of my own heart to live out…

New Wineskins

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new…

Companionship & Solitude

It’s spring break in Manitoba this week. Our family of 5 plus my parents took a leisurely drive (as opposed to a less comfortable 15hour all at once drive) with an overnight in a ‘retro’ 70s style hotel in Swift Current. …It was an experience. But the place was clean and the beds were comfortable….

Being Present with Jesus in His Suffering

The bottom line: I don’t really know how to ‘be with’ Jesus in his suffering. This week in my exercises I begin to pray through the passion of Christ. My Director gave me warning of the shift that happens as I move into this new phase of the exercises, yet today I was startled anew…

Spiritual Direction, The Church & Me

As you may know, I have recently been certified as a Spiritual Director by the School of Sustainable Faith. This School, based in the US, (with a satellite program in Winnipeg, where I received my training in person) is the most recognized school for the study of Spiritual Direction in North America! Wow! 🙂 (I…

The Discernment of Spirits; Book Reflection

The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living, Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V. It is said that Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises have changed the history of spirituality from the sixteenth century to the present day. I do not doubt it. As i have become further immersed in the awareness, understanding and practice of these spiritual…