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Winter Solace

What if instead of New Year’s Resolutions, you could start your year in community with people who are longing to live whole-person lives and are taking steps in that direction?  In 2022, the Pilgrimage Online Spiritual Formation Ministry is offering our first virtual retreat. According to the liturgical church year, the first two Sundays ofContinue reading “Winter Solace”

Memento Mori

Halloween is the favourite holiday of some of my favorite people and yet it’s still my least favourite holiday. Which I guess just goes to show that people are different, and we can still be friends, right? From my perspective, at minimum, Halloween decor detracts from the natural gorgeousness of New England in autumn. (IContinue reading “Memento Mori”

Why I Need Spiritual Direction and You Might, Too

I got a new spiritual director this week. Life circumstances for both of us had, a couple of years ago, conspired such that my original director and I had to amicably end our “direction relationship.” The next director and I already had a pre-existing friendship which, while lifegiving in many other important ways, did kindContinue reading “Why I Need Spiritual Direction and You Might, Too”

One Part of the Body

This one time I had cancer. There was a particular part of my body that was being attacked. My M.O. as regards my own health, especially at the time, was usually to let things run their course. I would usually try to eat more or less healthily, I worked out occasionally. I preferred to avoidContinue reading “One Part of the Body”

The Right Answer

One of my former pastors–who helped ordain me to the position in which I currently serve, a year ago this week–posted this graphic this morning: Despite what you might think based on social media (which we all know is so truthful and representative) the last thing the majority of pastors here want is harm toContinue reading “The Right Answer”

Magnificat

I met with my spiritual director last week and in the course of our conversation, she said, “I wonder if you would consider…I think we did this together when we were in London, too…writing a Magnificat. You know, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for…’ You write theContinue reading “Magnificat”

Irrational?

There are three women who, unbeknownst to them (and not totally consciously to me either, until recently) inspired the writing of Favored One, and exactly this year–the year I decided to publish the novel of the woman chosen to physically bear the Word of God in her body, and the year I became a differentlyContinue reading “Irrational?”

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