Have you ever thought about how animals teach you? Maybe your cat or dog has taught you lessons, maybe also birds, squirrels, rabbits, or deer? Native Americans are astute observers of animals and name their clans after them.
The Franciscan Way of Life – for ordinary people
What is the Franciscan way of life? It is Gospel based, focused on prayer, the Sacraments, simple living, self-denial, love and care of Creation and the poor and peace-making.
It’s Our Work to Do
We are now more aware of our own racism, our white privilege and all the benefits we’ve had as white people. We know that we need to do our work!
Coming Home – preview #1
God wants to be your guide. God planted desire in your heart before you were born and you need to refresh your memory of that desire.
The Examen helps us look for God’s presence
Dear readers, I am writing to remind you of the Examen, that crucial daily prayer Ignatius said never to neglect. This is an important time to rekindle the Examen in your daily life or begin it for the first time. Staying centered in body, mind and spirit is...
What is the Second Half of Life About?
by Barbara Leonard What is the second half of life? When does it begin? Is it a developmental stage like any other that went before it? What is it all about? In one way the 2nd half of life is like any other developmental stage in that it can’t be easily ignored....
Second Half of Life Institutions
by Barbara Leonard The book by Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality in the Two Halves of Life inspires a lot of discussion. Father Rohr suggests that most of our western institutions are first half enterprises and this includes the church, writ large. ...
The Second Half of Life: new territory and big spiritual questions
By Barbara Leonard Until fairly recently the idea of planning for the second half of life was pretty much tied with retirement at age 65. With increasing longevity, however, many will be active into their 80s and 90s. Financial advisors now suggest waiting to take...
An Ignatian Perspective on Doubt and Confusion
By Barbara Leonard Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality and Loyola Center for Spirituality are co-hosting Margaret Silf’s visit this September 19th and 20th. In 2012 she conducted a four day retreat sponsored by Loyola. It was...
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