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Wisdom

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I have been thinking a lot about wisdom recently – in part because I am approaching my seventieth birthday and aware that the cultivation of wisdom is the crucial developmental challenge at this stage of life. However, I… Continue Reading »

Writing and Living

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This is the fourth of a 4-part interview of me by Dr. Jackie Stinton – a psychologist and spiritual director who lives in Calgary.  Jackie:   I would like to shift our focus slightly and talk about how you write… Continue Reading »

Faith and Belief

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This is the third of a 4-part interview of me by Dr. Jackie Stinton – a psychologist and spiritual director who lives in Calgary. Watch for the final instalment of this wide-ranging interview to be published here later… Continue Reading »

Brokenness and Wholeness

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This is the second of a 4-part interview of me by Dr. Jackie Stinton – a psychologist and spiritual director who lives in Calgary. Watch for further instalments of this wide-ranging interview to be published here over the course of 2016…. Continue Reading »

Fully Human

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This is the first of a 4-part interview of me by Dr. Jackie Stinton – a psychologist and spiritual director who lives in Calgary. Watch for further installments of this wide-ranging interview to be published on this website over the… Continue Reading »

Spiritual Alchemy

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I have long been interested in alchemy – not in the literal efforts to turn base materials into silver or gold but in the way the alchemical quest serves as a metaphor for spiritual transmutation. Taken literally, the… Continue Reading »

Twelve Days of Presence

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In case you hadn’t noticed, we are just about to enter a season that people either really hate or really love. Some hate Christmas because they find the hype about peace and joy too nauseating, others because the… Continue Reading »

Stages of the Human Journey

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There has been a long tradition across many cultures of dividing the human journey into two broad stages. In the first, our focus is primarily external. This is when we learn to make our way in relation to… Continue Reading »

Culture, Faith and Identity: An Interview

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Martin Brokenleg, OSBCn, is one of the wisest people I know. He is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and practices the culture of his Lakota people. He holds a doctorate in psychology, is a graduate of… Continue Reading »

Mystery and Mysticism

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Not long ago I had an interesting conversation with someone who told me that she had no tolerance for mysticism because it was based on intellectual laziness. She said that it involved glorifying mystery rather than viewing it… Continue Reading »