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