Category Archives: Contemplative spirituality

The Gift of Deeper Listening

The best gifts can’t be wrapped. Being lovingly present with another person in a way that helps them attend more deeply to themselves and to the presence of God with them is a better gift than any material object.  Certain … Continue reading

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An Australian Quaker’s Transforming Encounter With Jesus

David Johnson seems an unlikely person to write a book about the Gospel of John. He had a long career as a geology professor and co-authored a standard textbook on the geology of Australia. His book reveals that when he … Continue reading

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Giving Birth to Christ in Our Time

As Christmas nears, I often think of words by Meister Eckhart, a radical 14th-century Dominican priest, who said, We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the Divine … Continue reading

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An Ancient Forest and the Ground of Being

We had waited a long time to walk among those ancient trees. Finally we rented a cabin in Cook Forest State Park, and there we were, walking between towering pines and hemlocks. Some are as old as Quakerism, having gotten … Continue reading

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The Offering of Emptiness

A recent week-long silent retreat allowed me to enter more deeply into the prayer of emptiness–the prayer in which I quiet my mind and open to the presence of God. Continue reading

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The Light That Shines in the Darkness

On a dark, starry night, in a year of whole-hearted seeking, inner senses opened and divine Reality was suddenly revealed. I experienced a Light that flows through everything and a Power that can heal anything. Continue reading

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A Faithful Friend

As we drove to Ohio for Katharine Jacobsen’s memorial service, my husband and I remembered her loving friendship and the radiant, welcoming smile with which she greeted us when we came to visit. Katharine and her husband, Ken, had invited … Continue reading

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