My soul resource in suffering

Now that I have begun my residency for hospital chaplaincy, I have had plenty of opportunity to reflect on my view and process of suffering. There is something missing if I don’t experience suffering on a soul level. It moves from being an explanation to a conviction.

Scraping at the clay of your heart

Negative introspection damages the soul… You cannot dredge the depths of the of the soul with the meager light of self-analysis. The inner world never reveals itself cheaply. Perhaps analysis is the wrong way to approach our inner dark.


I’m sorry… it does exist.

Suffering does exist. Greed does exist. Politicians and lying and pain and difficulty… they do exist. No matter how much we want the world to be otherwise…


Embrace Submission

Submission and obedience are absolutely necessary to the spiritual life. What do you think?


Nature is the First Scripture

In our men’s work we hear often that the Nature is the first Scripture and the Bible is the second. If we can’t be in right relation with the first, we will never be in right relation with the second. I tend to agree.


Listening to Heal

“Before every session I take a moment to remember my humanity. There is no experience that this person has that I cannot share with him, no fear that I cannot understand, no suffering that I cannot care about, because I too am human.


Entering your suffering with you – the opportunity of spiritual direction

“The great illusion of leadership is to think that man can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there.” One of the things that I love most about offering spiritual direction and companioning is that there is so much more room for responding to the movements of Spirit and less “protocol” for staying removed from people’s pain.


Medicating the symptoms

In an email conversation recently with a dear friend, we addressed the dilemma of pharmaceuticals and the epidemic of depression that so many are getting diagnosed with. What causes depression anyway and how revealing it is that many doctors are now saying their knowledge of these so quickly medicated “disorders” is more limited than they […]


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