I offer spiritual direction to those seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, writings for meditation, guided meditations and more. I trained as a spiritual director at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, and have been privileged, grateful and touched deeply to accompany others as they deepen their spiritual lives.

The consuming interest in my life has been the Life of the Spirit — how do we all live a life dedicated in all things to God?

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Oct 14, 2019

Kinship

Recently, I wrote about Father Gregory Boyle and his two books’[1] impact on my life. This week I want to write about his talk from August of this year in Charlotte.  Father Gregory’s point in all that he said was this: to judge is the opposite of kinship. Judgment separates, differentiates us from others, even […]

Oct 07, 2019

Those who can see and hear

Jesus spoke so often of those who could hear and see and those who couldn’t. I count 24 verses in the four Gospels echoing this theme. I am not so sure that we take to heart what He said. We think that we know what He means; we’ve heard the truth preached from the pulpit; […]

Sep 30, 2019

Healing Trauma

    In August of this year I heard Father Gregory Boyle speak in Charlotte about his work with gang members in East Los Angeles. For 35 years he has invited young men and women out of gangs into Homeboy and Homegirl Industries. He has written two books about his work, Tattoos on the Heart […]

” What you are is God’s gift to you;
What you make of yourself is your gift to God. “

Exodus: Our Story, Too! weaves together the trials of the Israelites in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan with the stages of the classical spiritual journey: Awakening, Purgation, Illumination and Union. To read this story is to see where each of us is on this journey and what we have left to do to enter the kingdom of God. The longest part of the journey is purgation, the giving up of our rebellious nature, the owning of all that we are, all that we have said and done and what was done to us, the releasing of our own world-centered views of how our lives should go in favor of loving God, of following Him wherever He would take us and finally entering into a full partnership with God in our lives. Then we live out our lives as we were created to be, living fully, purposefully and in peace.

Over the Christian centuries the teaching about the kingdom of God has followed a pretty narrow pattern. The kingdom was heaven where believers in Jesus as the son of God, if they had been true to the letter of the law, would go after they died. This interpretation has ignored much of what Jesus said about the kingdom in His parables and teachings and focused on us being “letter-of-the-law” people. But Jesus was about the Spirit of the Law, that is following the essence of the law in every situation, not being sure to cross every “I” and dot every “t.”

“Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.”

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