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God in the Details

Once when I was a little girl, I walked by the front door to our house and noticed a shaft of light shining through...

A New Phase of Inner Growth

Sometimes it takes a bolt of lightning to release our creativity and kick-start the emergence of a new way of thinking or doing or...

Hope and a Call for Change

As a spiritual director, I have the great privilege to accompany individuals on their spiritual journeys. Some of the people that I accompany serve...

Spirituality of Family Life

There were two stone masons, each doing the same job. The first, a melancholy man, was asked what he was doing. "I lay stones," he replied,...

How Do I Identify the Work That Matters?

It can take awhile—sometimes many years—for a person to sort out all that she’s been taught, told, and in some cases manipulated to believe...

The Miracle Organ

During a recent holiday, I visited a man who received a new organ from a donor. Childhood illnesses had ravaged his body. These complications...

Counterfeit Consolation

We need Ignatius’s first set of rules for discernment because desolation is a common experience. We need his second set because of another unwelcome...

Pentecost Astonishment

A fundamental element of Pentecost is astonishment. Our God is a God of astonishment; this we know. No one expected anything more from the...

Just One of Those Things

“It’s just one of those things,” my grandma used to say all the time. It meant that she heard, but she had no helpful...

Sense Experience in Prayer

My dog is watchful at the window a good part of the day. He is a mix of German Shepherd and Catahoula Leopard Dog,...

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