Difficulties in Prayer

Reading and reflecting on “Guided by the Spirit: A Jesuit Perspective on Spiritual Direction” by Frank J. Houdek, SJ I remember Eugene Peterson once saying that someone wanted to talk to him about their marriage issues.  But before they started, he asked them about their prayer life.  What does prayer have to do with marriage…

Workplace Prayers: Week of November 11-2019

Lord God Almighty, the One who works on our behalf, Make your face shine on us as we enter into the day’s work. Satisfy us with your loving-kindness that we might praise you as we attend to our daily tasks. Help us not to forget that you are with us in our cubicles, office, showroom…

Prayer: God’s Nearness

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 Gospel, Matthew 5:17-19 “…God is near us whenever we pray to him…” [wind has been a sign of the Holy Spirit] Are you freaking kidding me?!  Read those words again…slower…. let them sink in. Big themes in the bible again….one of them is us being made in…

A Prayer of Desire by Thomas Merton

Source: A Prayer of Desire by Thomas Merton “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will…

Listening: the art of Pastoral Presence

When I think about our work, I think of the God who listens.  He hears our cries, petitions, longings, and hopes.  In Jesus, we find the Good Shepherd making space for others to share their stories (i.e. Samaritan woman, the blind man at the pool).  We see them share specifics as Jesus asks poignant questions….

Spiritual Formation – A Reuniting to God

Spiritual Formation:  A unifying initiative with God, others, self, and creation. Prayer:  where mind + heart are wide open in the Presence of God, fully vulnerable-transparent, one with God + others + self + all of creation.  God’s heart and our heart, fully open and meeting each other. Spiritual formation was trending for a while….

On Seeking God’s Help…

A prayer of participating in God’s redemptive work…He’s not a puppet master that pulls strings.  He has created us to be coworkers, co-creators, co-participants.  That means we do His work WITH him. “If I am actually to do it, I must ask for your help and mercy, ask you to fill with wind the sails…

Morning Musings

There is no remembrance of men and women of old… You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. It seems to me that when I talk with people on the cusp of retiring, some are afraid to…