Category: Lenten Online Retreat


Ancient Wisdom of the Heart – A Practice for Lent

Listen to the long stillness: New life is stirring New dreams are on the wing New hopes are being readied: Humankind is fashioning a new heart Humankind is forging a new mind God is at work. This is the season of Promise. -Howard Thurman A week from Wednesday the Lenten journey begins. On Ash Wednesday we always hear the words of the prophet Joel: “Return to me with your whole heart.” Lent is an invitation toward whole-heartedness.  The heart is an ancient metaphor for the seat of our whole being – to be whole-hearted means to bring our entire selves

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50% for Haiti Update and Scholarship

Last week I offered 50% of the profits from registrations for my Lenten E-Course on Benedictine Spiritual Practices between January 25-31 to be donated to Haiti relief efforts.  I am so delighted to report that we raised $500!  I will be making a donation of half that amount each to Partners in Health and to Mercy Corps.  Many thanks for your support of the Abbey. I’d also like to offer a limited number of partial scholarships for the Lenten E-Course to those who work in ministry in the margins and want to participate but can’t afford the full fee.  Supporting

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Visual Meditation: Gathering Flock

Creation tells me a story – this is what beauty is for – it whispers, to soothe your wearied spirit, to enliven you, to invite you into dancing once again, to imagine gathering with a whole flock of kindred spirits who journey alongside you in grief and delight, who don’t ask you to be anywhere other than where your pulsing heart carries you right now. Sabbath begins for me this evening, a time when I can surrender into the restoration this time offers, a time to simply be and delight in my flock. Shabbat Shalom to all of the kindred

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