The Great Annual Examen

Reflecting BACK on the past 12 months and anticipating the NEXT 12 months

400 years ago, Ignatius of Loyola crafted a genius way of prayer. His method helped  a person reflect back upon their day and their life in terms of how one experienced God.  He developed a prayer called, The Daily Examen. It is both a challenging and comforting way to trace the movement of God in […]

The Journey of Discernment: Moving from Partly Cloudy to Clarity

How can we ever know God’s will? This has been a question people have muddled through for centuries. Our angst comes when we are faced with a particular conundrum—a dilemma of competing choices that impacts us personally. We need to make a decision but it feels more dark than light; more cloudy than clear. We […]

The Slow Work of God

We can't rush God nor skip the stages that shape our soul!

This morning, I sat with the verse in Luke 2:52, where the medical doctor and Gospel writer tells us that “Jesus increased in wisdom (in broad and full understanding) and in stature and years, an in favor with God and man” (Amplified version). Here we see the whole spiritual formation of the Lord Jesus. He […]

Learning to Listen Deeply

The movement from life being absurd to life making sense--especially making sense of God

In our noisy world, we are stimulated, it seems by all of our senses so much that we may not be able to really hear what we need to hear—what we want to hear. The sounds of traffic, the beeps of technology, the rings on our phones always interrupt almost any attempt to find quiet—even […]