Seeing the Whole

In psychology there is a term, “whole object relations,” which refers to the ability to form a comprehensive view of oneself or another.  To have whole object relations means one has a realistic and integrative perspective that includes both positive…

Practicing Self-Care

Fifteen years ago I learned the value of self-care on a level I hadn’t known prior.  My father had just died and I was in a season of grief, compounded quickly with my mother’s shocking terminal diagnosis.  I attended a…

Being Stuck

It seems part of the human journey includes points at which we get stuck or at least feel stuck. 

Maybe we’re mired down with heavy circumstances in our lives, or the world around us, and our energy is depleted. 

Or…

Transformation Through Love

After taking the 40-day journey of Lent through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we arrive at the Easter Triduum, where the Paschal Mystery of Christ unfolds.  In this mystery we confront again the reality that death and resurrection go together.  We…

Another Way to View the Cross

As Christians around the world enter Holy Week, I find myself considering the story of the crucifixion… again.  The common belief that Jesus died for all — to pay for our sins so that we may be reconciled to God…

Almsgiving

The final pillar of Lent is almsgiving.  Now that we have set the foundation of our Lenten journey with prayer and we have carved out space for something new through fasting, we are ready to give thought to how we…

Fasting

Fasting is the second pillar of Lent.  Many religions have a component of fasting as part of their spiritual practice.  The experience of intentionally abstaining from something we normally use or enjoy brings about a mindfulness of our blessings and…

Praise

This is the final of four posts that will point to different methods of prayer which we may want to consider using on our Lenten journey.  For today we’ll look at Praise.  

Praise — Some people interpret praise as expressing…

Thanksgiving & Intercession

This is the third of four posts that will point to different methods of prayer which we may want to consider using on our Lenten journey.  For today we’ll look at Thanksgiving and Intercession.  

Thanksgiving — As Meister Eckhart once…

Confession & Petition

This is the second of four posts that will point to different methods of prayer which we may want to consider using on our Lenten journey.  For today we’ll look at Confession and Petition. 

Confession — A good way to…

Prayer: The First Pillar of Lent

For Christians, Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday is the 40-day season of Lent in which we are invited to take part in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Known as the “three pillars of Lent,” we look upon these practices as ways…

A Constant Invitation

This week I chanced upon a television special featuring author and doctor, Deepak Chopra. He was teaching about enlightenment. One sentence he said really struck me: “The Soul is never in the body; the body is experiencing the Soul.” I…