It was the summer of 1974, Sharon and I were helping my parents move. We loved it! We moved together anticipating each other and sharing loving glances as we worked. It was a defining moment in our story. We were more than a young couple in love; we were a team. However, after seven years, … Continue reading Sabbath

Rhythm of Faith

On my spiritual journey, felt blessings, goodness and wholeness have been evident along with sufferings, sudden senses of vulnerability and brokenness. I cry out in physical pain, but I am also noticing how my soul cries out before God in lament with feelings of fear, doubt, anger and emotional pain as part of my rhythm … Continue reading Rhythm of Faith

The Thoughts of God

To know the life-filled thoughts God is thinking within us we must create still and silent spaces. Imagine His thoughts like bubbles rising from the depths of a lake. They constantly escape to the surface but a lake churned by the wind doesn’t allow detection. They are only noticed in stillness. From the depths of … Continue reading The Thoughts of God


One of my favorite spiritual practices is silence, especially centering prayer. I am always thinking, and it’s so restful to regularly shut it off for a time when I let the jibber-jabber in my head just pass by me. I don’t always have a 20-minute session of centering prayer; nor do I always practice it … Continue reading Silence

Examen for Joy

“Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2) That sounds nice on paper, but can feel extremely hollow the moment we face something difficult. Another way to translate the verse is: “Examine your situation for real joy.” Now this rings true! The most joyful times in … Continue reading Examen for Joy

Live Hope

Over the next few months, the SFSAZ will be posting reflections submitted by various local spiritual directors. These brief collections will focus on an aspect of the spiritual life or a specific spiritual practice. We hope you’ll find them encouraging and inviting. Hope begins with acknowledging we are poor in spirit, and then rests in … Continue reading Live Hope