Seeking the holy in a trad Irish music festival video from Derry, a 10th-century Irish poem and choir practice at a Lutheran church in downstate Illinois

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpYuSmDbxnA Paddy Callgahan, "Be Thou My Vision," Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Derry, 2013 So a couple of weeks ago I posted an update on my prayer life, which stalled out recently as I navigated a welter of day-to-day crises, to the blog. And a fellow retired English professor named Elizabeth, who blogs on WordPress at … Continue reading Seeking the holy in a trad Irish music festival video from Derry, a 10th-century Irish poem and choir practice at a Lutheran church in downstate Illinois

Spiritual direction notes — August-October

Copy of an email I sent Saturday evening to my spiritual director. The links are embedded; a couple of minor illiteracies are cleaned up; the paragraphing is endlessly tinkered with (an integral although unnecessary part of my creative process); and a long excerpt from last month's post to this blog on an Episcopal table grace … Continue reading Spiritual direction notes — August-October

Krister Stendahl — a Swedish theologian on salvation, eternal life and the ‘coughing [of] mosquitoes’

Normally I don't get my spiritual direction and theological tips from the New York Times, not even back in the day when I thought Sunday mornings were for curling up with the Week in Review section instead of going to church. But I was caught up short the other day when I was tracking down … Continue reading Krister Stendahl — a Swedish theologian on salvation, eternal life and the ‘coughing [of] mosquitoes’

‘Sometimes a little writer’s block can be a good thing’ — spiritual formation, August-September

Email sent this afternoon to my spiritual director and and copied here so I don't forget what I said or, worse, lose it in my increasingly cluttered "sent" queue. After asking to reschedule our appointment, I wrote: ... I didn't have much to show you anyway. I've been doing more reading than writing the last … Continue reading ‘Sometimes a little writer’s block can be a good thing’ — spiritual formation, August-September

Spiritual direction — a dry spell in July and August

Email sent to my spiritual director before last week's meeting. I've been busy with doctors' appointments and other things since then and haven't gotten around to posting it till now. Sr. __________ -- Just a note to confirm our appointment Monday, Aug. 12, at 2:30 p.m. and provide links to my journaling. It can be … Continue reading Spiritual direction — a dry spell in July and August

Notes for a blog piece on St Paul in Athens I never was able to finish …

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a6/Areopagus_hill_Saint_Paul_from_Acropolis_Athens.jpg Le rocher de l'Aréopage, d'où Saint-Paul prêcha le " Dieu Inconnu" aux Athéniens, vu de l'Acropole. Athènes, Grèce (Creative Commons). OK, here's the windup -- This is the second time I've tackled this reading (Acts 17:22-23). The first was back in April, when I posted the text and background to my blog Hemlandsanger, along … Continue reading Notes for a blog piece on St Paul in Athens I never was able to finish …

Lectio divina

[Copied here from Hemlandssånger, March 4, 2019, for convenient reference.] Excerpts: "Praying With Scripture," Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois https://springfieldop.org/praying-with-scripture/ Lectio Divina is the contemplative practice of reading and responding to the Word in a personal way. The four steps of Lectio Divina are: read, reflect, respond and rest. When you read God’s Word, be … Continue reading Lectio divina

Taking stock of spiritual formation — over the month of May and the past year

[Copied from my other blog Hemlandssånger, June 8.] Copy of email I sent to my spiritual director this morning, archived here as: (1) a record of issues we've been taking up along the way; and (2) a reminder of my overall direction so I can consult it when I need to get off of tangents … Continue reading Taking stock of spiritual formation — over the month of May and the past year