April 5, 2015

In the ancient world people believed that heaven was like a dome resting above the flat disc of earth. The lights in the sky at night were thought to be tiny holes in the dome’s surface, the same lights we name stars. On Block Island, the nightscape is especially beautiful because we have far less artificial light than the mainland. We can look up at night and experience the awareness that we are connected to those who were on earth thousands of years ago. As we gaze above lesser lights of streets and commerce it is a reminder of choices we make all day long and the ways we can be distracted from...

January 23, 2015

Lectio Divina [Divine Reading]*



Read the passage, as you would put food in your mouth.



Read it slowly. Reach down expecting something to find something in the passage. When something touches your heart, stop reading. God has   given you a word to be a guest in your heart. Welcome it. Walk with it. Wrestle with it. Ask it questions. Allow it to nourish you. Receive its blessing. If nothing touches you, be still. God also speaks in silence and darkness.



Pray your feelings. Maybe you can only stand in awe, rejoicing. That is prayer. Perhaps you weep. Or sing. Or tenderly t...

August 15, 2014

Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human.  Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories every day.  Spiritual direction has emerged in many contexts using language specific to particular cultural and spiritual traditions.  Describing spiritual direction requires putting words to a process of fostering a transcendent experience that lies beyond all names and yet the experience longs to be articulated and made concrete in everyday living.  It is easier to describe what spiritual direction does than what spiritual direc...

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