Words at the end of Life

I think that when visitations go well, both patient and priest feel like each has been blessed by the other.  Both feel God’s presence and consolation in different but unitive ways.  

Using the VIM framework for Pastoral Counseling

I did a spiritual formation retreat last weekend and shared on Dallas Willard and Henri Nouwen’s work; specifically looking at their views on transformation. Both use the starting point of longing/desire/deep need, which is a “goal” or vision. I’ve posted a summary on it here:  https://elchappy.com/2017/08/13/a-retreat-for-transformation/ I think this can also be used for a…

Pastoral Counseling – A new imagination

One the gifts that I’ve learned in counseling comes from this passage: Philippians 4:8 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put…