Can you believe we are rounding out the summer of 2021? I hope that despite the heat waves, smoke screens, and COVID uptake, this was restful time. Following the graduation of my 18 year old and 22 year old in May, as well as teaching a 400 class on discernment and assisting with a 300 residency for those seeking certification in spiritual direction, I spent June/July focused on family and several dear friends whom I accompany in the nineteenth annotation. Moving into fall, I want to share a few resources with this caveat: linking does not mean that I support the author or organization in entirety, but these resources on (1) Things I Learned in Spiritual Direction, (2) Being Devoted to One Another in Marriage, and how Current Events Invite (3) Trust, and (4) Simplicity may be pertinent and helpful.
Who knows what this next year will bring, but let’s trust the Lord will provide sufficient grace. Be faithful to prayer, God’s Will, charity towards others, the sacraments, and attempt an annual retreat/conference to keep your fire burning (if you can’t get there in person, find an online option – if you can’t find something, I would consider directing a personal, at-home retreat if requested). Please feel free to reach out if you need to visit about any of the above. Finally, please let me know if there is interest in a series on Ignatian discernment? As well, I will have several openings for the nineteenth annotation this fall if you know of anyone seeking Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life. Let’s pray:
Lord, we are scared and confused by the swirl of events that are beyond us. Like Peter in the boat, we ask you to call our name. Grant us the clarity, intentionality, and boldness to step out of the boat at Your command and to walk with eyes fixed on You alone. Should we start to sink, we pray with expectant faith, “Lord, save us.” Jesus, we trust that You will stretch out Your hand to all who call upon You. Mary, by your Assumption, ask your Son to abundantly bless us with purity of heart and magnanimous fidelity to the grace of every present moment. Amen.