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About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.

When visions come…

We had come from around the world, from every continent, as a global community seeking to cultivate compassion and learning to teach the same. We were beginners all, no matter our fields of service, which is how things work for … Continue reading

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Fighting compulsions on a Sabbath

Cypress swamp worship is a great way to worship on a Sabbath, out here with the birds and locusts singing the hymns, the wind in the trees speaking of Spirit, and me doing my job: standing in awe. Worship at … Continue reading

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A Prayer Leveled Us

  Contemplative communities want to stay aware of the invisible web of divinity as we serve. Here is an example of how that happened unexpectedly. A wonderful group of volunteers came with a meal from Munholland United Methodist Church to … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 20

Holding space for the Sacred to appear is an art which can be learned through teachers around us. Children make some of the best teachers in this art. Even infants and toddlers can be masters in awakening to the wonder … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 19

Today we begin our meditation by dropping a false reason to meditate. Then we will examine a good reason for meditating today, and close with a practice. This is not about making you a better person, so you can drop that … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 18

Resist the urge to feed on the latest news of who is hating who today. Try walking another path today. Try feeding at another table today. Try feasting… At the table of the Lord a silent meal tasted in gratitude … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 17

The Contemplative Practices Tree reminds me there are many ways I can hold space for the sacred today. Each practice helps me live near The Center. And the branches of the tree, the practices, keep me rooted in contemplative experiences like … Continue reading

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