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Dancing Monk Icon Cards Completion Packs

Over the last couple of years we have added some more dancing monks to our icon card set: Melangell of Powys, Muirgen of Lough Neagh, Clare of Assisi, and Julian of Norwich. This summer we have added four additional ones: Howard Thurman, Nicholas Black Elk, Sister Thea Bowman, and Abba Anthony the Great. Because many of you have ordered our icon card sets in the past and might want to complete your pack with these new ones we are offering a one-time chance to order a completion pack of these 8 cards. Order by August 31, 2021. Cards will be

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Sandi Gaines

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Sandi Gaines’ reflection on praying with money. One of my contemplative practices involves praying with money. Not praying for money, rather praying with money. It began on an ordinary Monday morning in August 1997 when I found a dime at the bottom of the shallow end of the pool where I swam laps. As I placed the dime on the edge of the pool for the lifeguard to retrieve, I began thinking about how often I find

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Iona Poetry Reading with Kenneth Steven

On June 21, 2021 Kenneth Steven offered us a poetry reading which told the story of Iona from both personal and mythic perspectives. Poems Read from the Iona Collection Light p. 21 Place p. 38 Coll p. 40 The Illuminated Manuscript p. 33 The Death of Columba p. 37 Salt p. 52 Hebrides p. 55 The Summer House p. 59 The Harp p. 6 Iona p. 41 The Road p. 72 The Sacred Place p. 81 Finding p. 3 Order Iona by Kenneth Steven Kenneth and Kristina’s Celtic retreats on Iona The Well of the North Wind by Kenneth Steven

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Spiritual Direction Supervision

One of our Wisdom Council members, Lita Quimson, is now fully trained as a supervisor of spiritual directors. She finished an 18-month training in the practice of supervision of spiritual directors early in 2021. She can be contacted by email. Her fee is 20 € for each hour long session zoom.  She is based in the Philippines. What is Supervision and Whom is it For? Supervision is a form of accompaniment for Spiritual Directors who want to learn about their skills as someone who accompanies others. Accompaniment is not an easy task because people are complicated and we feel either

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Lerita Coleman Brown

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for an excerpt from Lerita Coleman Brown’s book When the Heart Speaks, Listen—Discovering Inner Wisdom on listening to the “little Voice.” I straddled the edge of the examination table in the doctor’s office. The news was terrifying and devastating. I would need a heart transplant in 18 months or less. As a single, African American female professor living in Boulder, Colorado; USA in 1994, I could not fathom where this uninvited journey would lead me. I prayed ceaselessly for miraculous

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Suzanne Dowd

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Suzanne Dowd’s reflection on listening for grace. It’s a rainy Thursday, I set up my laptop, make myself a cup a tea, put on a warm cozy sweater & settle in to the new comfy chair in my home office to do virtual sessions with my patients. My profession is that of a clinical social worker. Each week I feel privileged to walk with patients through their life stories. Some stories are so dark, I don’t know

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Tom (TA) Delmore

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to our Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Tom (TA) Delmore’s reflection taken from the introduction to his book Crossing up River. A children’s story which is only enjoyed By children is a bad children’s story. ~  C. S. Lewis  I have been a shy searcher for a relationship with God most of my life. Different paths have taught me much. This is God and I walking together.  St Ignatius of Loyola taught me something about story. He said: “put yourself in the gospel story, imagine what it

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