faith/spirituality

all i ask

Dear Jesus, you ask me to love as you love – to love everyone around me as if they are all people that I even know, or knowing them – that I even care. You ask me to love the ones who’ve hurt me – the ones who look me right in the eye and […]

Only God does perfect

It’s really easy as a Christian to fall into the trap of trying to be the perfect follower of God. I am so cognizant of the gift of my life – this one life – this one opportunity to get it right. I don’t want to squander it. It’s too precious of a gift to […]

this little light of mine…

Yesterday, as I write this, was the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. It is a very radical idea for us to exalt the most horrible instrument of torture of Jesus’s time, but this is exactly what we do as Christians. We take the very thing that was used to kill our Savior as […]

i’m coming home…

I admit, it’s been tough coming back home after the intensity of my week in St Louis. On the one hand, there was the wonderful experience of being heard. Granted I spent the largest part of the week with people who either are, or are studying to be Spiritual Directors; it kind of goes with […]

words of learning…

I learned this week about the power of acceptance. I’m talking about the acceptance of others, as in the sacredness of their personal stories, and also about the acceptance of ourselves and the persons God created us to be. The nine students who made up our class represented a wide spectrum of experience and personality. […]

hitting the wall…

I hit the wall today. I was just give out, as we say in the South. There wasn’t anything left, and I shut down. It was the hardest day of my Practicum week. I know now that I should have listened to that inner voice telling me, more like shouting at me, that I needed […]

finding my way around…

I’m into my fourth day in a new city. I flew into St Louis on Sunday evening, and, to be fair, I haven’t done any of the driving. I’ve had a local who has played the role of tour guide extraordinaire, and I’ve been able to allow myself to be led around the Gateway city. […]