Life, Meaning, and Melancholy

While camping with my daughter this week, we spent some of our time at a simple lakeside beach at one of Michigan’s recreation areas. The sandy swimming area was at the bottom of a beautiful green hillside. The hillside was dotted with large leafy trees that provided shady picnic areas to relax in. The lake

Myth, Parable, and Subversive Community

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried. – G.K. Chesterton The Original Christian Art Form Rather than an institutionalized religious system that was established immediately in the wake of Jesus’ presence in the world, the term Christian was the name given to describe a fringe

Discernment: A Response to Existential Despair

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor,

What Is Spiritual Direction?

Many people have asked me what spiritual direction is, or what the difference is between a spiritual director and a pastor, minister, counselor, etc. So I thought it might be worth while to write a post specifically addressing some of these questions. It is a bit long, but I hope it is thorough! ————————————– What is

On Being Created Momently

We are being created momently by our God and Lord in all concrete particulars and…we are listening to God’s summons into life when we let ourselves hear our most authentic desires, which rise out of God’s passionate, creative love in us. -Joseph A Tetlow, S.J. When my spiritual director shared this passage with me, I was enthralled by the description of being created

Part 2: Knowing Thy Self

This second post in a three-part series is my attempt to briefly address three of the most common concerns and objections I’ve come across in response to contemplative Christian spirituality and spiritual formation. What I most often hear is: Centering Prayer is Eastern mysticism wrapped in a Christian package. (Read part one here.) Contemplative Christian