Welcome to My Website!!
I imagine this to be a "place"--a place created for the purpose of reflection, self expression, and exploring ideas. And I'm glad you have found me here. I am a writer, spiritual director, speaker and faith formation director in a local parish. (Des Moines, Iowa) As a life-long contemplative, I continue to search out what it means to know God, the Source of my being, through nature, through relationship and experience, and through sacred scripture. I continue to seek authentic spirituality and to fully live out the meaning of that. As much as possible, I spend my days in solitude, immersed in study, or friendship, or the natural world.
Many things get in the way.
When things get in the way, I often stop and take time for centering prayer, for reading and for journaling, or for a long walk. These are long time spiritual practices that have served me well. And there's this: Thomas Merton says that "As soon as a woman or a man is fully disposed to be alone with God, they are alone with God no matter where they may be."
And I return to writers who have become mentors for me. The list is long: Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Margaret Silf, Mary Oliver, Richard Rohr, Joyce Rupp, Jane Kenyon, Elizabeth O'Connor, Dallas Willard, Madeleine L'Engle, Sue Monk Kidd, and many others,
including my "FIVE ANNIES" --
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Jan Johnson and Fl ann ery O'Connor.
And this is my place of discovery and transformation in recent months:
In the end the contemplative suffers the anguish of realizing that she (or he) no longer knows what God is...this is a great gain because "God is not a what", not a "thing."
That is precisely one of the essential characteristics of contemplative experience. It sees that there is no "what" that can be called God. There is "no such thing" as God because God is neither a "what" nor a "thing" but a pure "Who."
God is the "Thou" before whom our inmost "I" springs into awareness. God is the I AM before whom with our own most personal and inalienable voice we echo, "I am."
New Seeds of Contemplation
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