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Seeking Spiritual Health

Seeking Spiritual Health

by Dan Johnson

“As a society, we face pandemics both organic and cultural, both new and centuries old.  What does the community of spiritual directors at Loyola have to write about during this prolonged storm?”

A few weeks ago, two of Loyola’s spiritual directors, Linda Cherek and Melisa Borgmann-Kiemde, were asked this question.  “What would be a good focus for our blogs during the rest of the summer?”  This was no easy task with so many points of unrest and prolonged disruption in our culture today.  As a society, we face pandemics both organic and cultural, both new and centuries old.  What does the community of spiritual directors at Loyola have to write about during this pandemic?  Linda and Melissa’s answer was simple and straightforward – Health.  Spiritual health.  Spiritual health that is marked by its love and compassion and capacity to be a part of all of life.

Starting next week through the end of August, five different spiritual directors will be offering reflections on seeking spiritual health while navigating through some of the tumultuous emotions associated with the physical and social pandemics of today.  They will bring perspectives from the ancient writings found in both Jewish and Christian scriptures using Nan Merrill’s paraphrase of Psalm 43 as the framework.

Join us over the next few weeks praying that Psalm and seeking spiritual health in the midst of pandemic.

Psalm 43

Nan Merrill Paraphrase

Bring‌ ‌justice‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌people‌ ‌O‌ Beloved,‌ ‌
And‌ ‌strength‌ ‌on‌ ‌my‌ ‌behalf‌ ‌to‌ ‌stand‌ ‌firm‌ ‌against‌ ‌oppression;‌ ‌
From‌ ‌all‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌greedy‌ ‌and‌ ‌unjust‌ ‌deliver‌ ‌me.‌ ‌
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For‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ ‌One‌ ‌in‌ ‌whom‌ ‌I‌ ‌take‌ ‌refuge;‌ ‌yet,‌
‌Have‌ ‌you‌ ‌abandoned‌ ‌me?‌ ‌
Why‌ ‌go‌ ‌I‌ ‌mourning‌ ‌because‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌oppression‌ ‌of‌ ‌ignorance?‌ ‌
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‌O,‌ ‌send‌ ‌out‌ ‌your‌ ‌light‌ ‌and‌ ‌your‌ ‌truth;‌ ‌
Let‌ ‌them‌ ‌guide‌ ‌me,‌ ‌
Let‌ ‌them‌ ‌lead‌ ‌me‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌holy‌ ‌altar,‌ ‌
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Then‌ ‌will‌ ‌I‌ ‌know‌ ‌You,‌ ‌Heart‌ ‌of‌ ‌my‌ heart,‌ ‌my‌ ‌exceeding‌ ‌joy;‌ ‌
And‌ ‌I‌ ‌will‌ ‌praise‌ ‌you‌ ‌with‌ ‌song,‌ ‌
O‌ ‌my‌ ‌Beloved,‌ ‌my‌ ‌Awakener.‌ ‌
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 ‌Why‌ ‌are‌ ‌you‌ ‌cast‌ ‌down,‌ ‌O‌ ‌my‌ ‌soul,‌ ‌
And‌ ‌why‌ ‌are‌ ‌you‌ ‌disquieted‌ ‌within‌ ‌me?‌ ‌
My‌ ‌hope‌ ‌is‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Beloved,‌ ‌my‌ ‌strength‌ ‌and‌ ‌my‌ ‌Joy,‌ ‌
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O‌ ‌my‌ ‌soul,‌ ‌open‌ ‌the‌ ‌door‌ ‌to‌ ‌Love!‌ ‌
Yes!‌ ‌Let‌ ‌us‌ ‌sing‌ ‌a‌ ‌song‌ ‌of‌ ‌diversity,‌ ‌
A‌ ‌song‌ ‌of‌ ‌Oneness‌ ‌and‌ ‌Unity!‌ ‌
For‌ ‌we‌ ‌are‌ ‌all‌ ‌One‌ ‌in‌ ‌Love’s‌ ‌Heart,‌ ‌
Now‌ ‌and‌ ‌forevermore,‌ ‌
Let‌ ‌us‌ ‌ever‌ ‌reflect‌ ‌the‌ ‌Peace‌ ‌we‌ ‌are!‌ ‌
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