Free Virtual Class: The Divine Ordinariness of St. Teresa of Avila

I am grateful to have the opportunity to take a deep dive into my favorite mystic, Teresa of Avila, with a 7-month tele-course through the Shift Network: In The Footsteps of Teresa of Avila: A Feminine Pilgrimage From Silence to Union to Service From the comfort of our own favorite chair (or wherever you happen More…

All Will Be Well: The Radical Optimism of Julian of Norwich

For Julian, the good news is not merely the reward we will receive one day when we slough off this mortal coil and go home to God. Every moment is an opportunity to remember that we are perfectly loved and perfectly loveable, just as we are.

Dispatches from GOD OF LOVE tour

I can’t help but wonder if I need to find alternative language to “spiritual promiscuity.” It may be sending the wrong message.

Epiphany in Crestone

I gave thanks for whatever it is in my life that has allowed me to so deeply drink from the most sacred wells of many spiritual traditions

Summer of (God of) Love

For a long time I have assumed that I would write a “grief book” – and I still may – but I see now that all the deaths in my life, and my daughter’s especially, inform everything I write.

El Encuentro

After my own private encuentro with Mother Mary, I never again felt quite so alone in my loss. I still suffered – I still do – but she shares my pain, and that makes my burden lighter.

The Grace of Forgiveness

You cannot forgive without grace. And grace is not something you can demand. You can only sweep out the chamber of your soul and be ready to receive it when it comes.

Dark Night of the Soul

It is an experience of being stripped of all the spiritual feelings and concepts with which we are accustomed to propping up our inner lives.

The Muse of the Spanish Mystics

John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila teach us that the only real purpose of the mystical experience is to be of simple service once we have returned from that garden of blending with the absolute to the relative desert of our ordinary consciousness. We are back, but we are different. Transfigured by the encounter. Disabused of our illusions. Divested of a false sense of separation and rooted in the certainty of interconnectedness. Once we have witnessed everything we ever believed to be true go up in flames, we have trouble ever again identifying with the story of our own thoughts.