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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 9: Holding Sacred Space in Community

I believe Thomas Merton was exactly right that the spark of the Divine, the “pure glory of God,” and the “pure diamond blazing” are in everyone. Because God is in all of us we can also find the gate of … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 6: Holding Space for the Sacred Within

God’s wildness can’t be captured, controlled, or boxed into easy formulas. So how do I connect with the Loving Presence when I really need that, when the outcome means everything? How do I hold space within me for sacredness to … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 1

Author’s Note: Today I am introducing a new book through this blog. I want to share the opening of my next book and get your response. Your comments help me continue with the work, as well as making changes as … Continue reading

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Face-licking Contemplatives

Meet Fury the cat and Rocky the dog practicing cross-species contemplative face-licking. I bet you never heard of that. Well here’s the story. Rocky is still a puppy, and he loves to play-bite the face of Fury and drag him … Continue reading

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Awakening Your Inner Mystic

When I was a kid I would go to the neighbor’s house, knock on the door, and ask a friend, “Can you come out and play?” If the answer was “yes,” then we would launch off into a new adventure of … Continue reading

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Intervalo: In Praise of Lingering

This mortal flesh is so fragile, susceptible to dis-ease of every kind, yet a working miracle with a million functions every moment: chemicals interacting, electrical impulses firing across nerve synapses, fluids passing across permeable membranes, powerful internal acids transforming food … Continue reading

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A sacred prison visit

I was sitting in the waiting room outside of the visitation stalls at the Parish Prison before getting to have a face-to-face phone visit with my friend. He had been a resident there for six months of a one-year sentence. The … Continue reading

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