#Discipleship, Spiritual Direction

Martha & Mary: Portraits of Discipleship

As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left… Continue reading Martha & Mary: Portraits of Discipleship

Contemplation & Dialogue, Embracing the Ordinary

Worth Revisiting:Joy Stealer or Faith Grower?

Perspective they say is everything, and when we choose to look at situations with new eyes, better yet God's eyes, we are given a real invitation to grow in faith.. Currently, in our society where individualism and our own happiness has been regarded as utmost priority there is great emphasis placed on that which makes… Continue reading Worth Revisiting:Joy Stealer or Faith Grower?

Contemplation, Saints, Teresa of Avila

A Doorway Into Our Souls: Praying with Teresa of Avila Part IV

What is it to experience a mystical union with God and is this only reserved for a select few? No, as Teresa would be the first to point out, this unity and grace is available to each of us as fruits of our baptism. Yet, do we have the temperament and conditioning to sit and… Continue reading A Doorway Into Our Souls: Praying with Teresa of Avila Part IV

Contemplation, Saints, Teresa of Avila

A Doorway Into Our Souls: Praying with Teresa of Avila Part III

Persevering in our journey through the Interior Castle with Teresa of Avila we reflect on the 4th dwelling place.. Finally willing to submit and surrender to God’s working within, we have recognized that the life giving water which suddenly floods our soul is a gratuitous gift. Far greater than we could have imagined, this wellspring of grace… Continue reading A Doorway Into Our Souls: Praying with Teresa of Avila Part III

Contemplation, Saints, Teresa of Avila

A Doorway Into Our Souls: Praying with Teresa of Avila Part II

In continuation of our journey through the Interior Castle with Teresa of Avila we may find ourselves approaching the third dwelling place. Through an initial curiosity and muddling in prayer we have heard God calling us. Rather than waiting at the door we have entered to discover the One who knows us better than we… Continue reading A Doorway Into Our Souls: Praying with Teresa of Avila Part II

Contemplation, Saints, Teresa of Avila

A Doorway into Our Souls: Praying with St. Teresa of Avila

Who is this saint, you ask? What does a young 16th Carmelite nun still have to teach us..or better yet, what have we left to learn? Yearn to take an inner pilgrimage, or encounter God in a life changing way? Then, I invite you to join my friend and companion, saint and mystic Teresa of… Continue reading A Doorway into Our Souls: Praying with St. Teresa of Avila

Embracing the Ordinary

My Grandmother’s Garden: Roots of Faith

Summer is that time that so often brings me back to my childhood. With bare feet in the grass, the sun on my face, and the small quiet hum of the bees I am instantly transported to those quiet reflective moments with God. Many of my earliest memories are replete with these instances where I… Continue reading My Grandmother’s Garden: Roots of Faith

Christian Spirituality, Prayer

Praying: Kataphatic or Apophatic?

How do you pray? Do you find your prayer overflowing with images, thoughts and conversations or instead find yourself wrapped in silence surrounded by God’s awe inspiring presence? While at various times we may find ourselves practicing both of these, understanding the shape your prayer takes helps us to simply understand how we personally connect… Continue reading Praying: Kataphatic or Apophatic?