Taking stock of spiritual formation — over the month of May and the past year

Copy of email I sent to my spiritual director this morning, archived here as: (1) a record of issues we’ve been taking up along the way; and (2) a reminder of my overall direction so I can consult it when I need to get off of tangents and back on the path.

Hi, Sister —

Just a brief note confirming our next meeting at 2:30 p.m. Monday and giving you the usual heads-up on what I’ve been doing along my spiritual journey since we last met. This one should be short, since I’ve been distracted by other matters. Including the deportation of a Lutheran pastor who was beginning doctoral work at LSTC (the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago). I’ll link you in case it’s of interest. …
Continue reading “Taking stock of spiritual formation — over the month of May and the past year”

“Now We Remain” by David Haas: Full, conscious particpation from Lent into Easter

University of Notre Dame Folk Choir singing David Haas’ “Now We Remain” at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Jan. 23, 2013.

During Lent we’ve been singing one of those songs at Peace Lutheran Church that came out of Vatican II and have helped spark a liturgical renewal in Protestant churches as well as Catholic parishes. It’s a communion hymn, and it has a refrain — “We hold the death of the Lord deep in our hearts. / Living, now we remain with Jesus, the Christ ” — that, to me, sums up the Christian faith in 25 words or less. In perhaps a different way, it sums up my experience of the faith as well.

According to David Haas, a Catholic liturgist from Minnesota who wrote Continue reading ““Now We Remain” by David Haas: Full, conscious particpation from Lent into Easter”

St. Patrick’s Breastplate: My confirmation hymn, our bounden duty and seeking God’s presence when the rubber hits the road

In Chicago they dye the river green. And in Springfield, the candidates in our April 2 city election joined the good and the great downtown to march in our annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Amid the festivities, my parish church, Peace Lutheran, remembered the actual fifth-century saint by posting the above meme to Facebook.

All of which reminded me of my confirmation hymn, a Victorian Anglo-Irish setting of a poem attributed to St. Patrick. It’s known by the tune name ST. PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE or by its first line, “I bind unto myself this day …”

Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Breastplate: My confirmation hymn, our bounden duty and seeking God’s presence when the rubber hits the road”

St Paul in Athens: ‘For in [God] we live and move and have our being’

Le rocher de l’Aréopage, d’où Saint-Paul prêcha le ” Dieu Inconnu” aux Athéniens, vu de l’Acropole. Athènes, Grèce (Creative Commons).

OK, here’s the windup — (for any readers who might surf onto this page by accident and wonder what the verbatim quotes and links are all about). For Lent this year, I decided to add a discipline instead of giving something up. After talking it over with my spiritual director, I decided to work on prayer — specifically by learning a technique called lectio divina (it’s pronounced “lexio diveena,” it means divine reading, and I’ve linked some basics to the blog). Basically, you read scripture and prayerfully meditate on it. One tip sheet I’m following, from Our Lady of Victory parish in Centerville, Mass., counsels, “Do Continue reading “St Paul in Athens: ‘For in [God] we live and move and have our being’”

Lectio divina — notes and links

Excerpts:

“Praying With Scripture,” Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois https://springfieldop.org/praying-with-scripture/

Lectio Divina is the contemplative practice of reading and responding to the Word in a personal way. The four steps of Lectio Divina are: read, reflect, respond and rest.

When you read God’s Word, be attentive to any word or phrase that stands out to you.

Reflect on that word or phrase, repeating it in your mind over and over.

Respond with your heart to the ideas and feelings that word or phrase generates.

Rest, and let the Word rest in you.
Continue reading “Lectio divina — notes and links”