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A Personal Word As Fall Comes Into View

Dear fellow-pilgrims, as is often with these letters, I like to finish by offering a deep treat at the end, so read all the way to the and find out what it is this time.   And as you know, from time to time I like to offer a more personal letter to let you know of...

On the Holy Trinity

Sunday, May 31 was Trinity Sunday, and it was a great reminder of how God is present in our lives.  Below are two links to check out if you missed out on Trinity Sunday, or if you are more interested in it. The first one is the sermon Bill gave at The Falls Church...

Honk Means Stop, Honk Means Go…

       I have been in several international cities where the car drivers are excessive with their honking, but none of them compare to the honking in Israel/Palestine.  Here, honking means someone needs to go, honking also means someone needs to stop, someone is...
Reflection On A Construction Dumpster

Reflection On A Construction Dumpster

“It is time.” These are the words of beginning for me and I know that I’ve come to a beginning when I hear them inwardly.  My wife and I heard them almost a year ago the summer of 2014 concerning our house. It was time to deal with the leaky bathroom issues, and...

Do You Want To Grow Spiritually?

Do you want to grow spiritually? Of course you do. We all do. And God wants us to as well, and will help. But what does spiritual growth actually mean? What’s the goal actually? And most importantly, how do I get there? These are all questions that we’re going to take...
150 Years Later, Honoring The Victims…

150 Years Later, Honoring The Victims…

Clearing the Slave Cemetery at Corhaven Saturday May 16, 12.30pm-4.30pm This month we’ve marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and then the assassination of Abraham Lincoln a few days later. Lincoln himself interpreted that bloody war in part as...
Gifts In The Garden

Gifts In The Garden

“With or without your hard work God is always moving in your life. Wait on the Holy, wait and receive the gifts that come.” Gunilla Norris from A Mystic Garden Spring and I have become much better friends since moving to Corhaven nearly 6 years ago. The chilled air,...

Relief for Nepal. . . There is much to grieve over

There is much to grieve over. As I found out about the Earthquake in Nepal. I immediately thought of a colleague of mine who is from Nepal, and who’s wife and family are still in Nepal.  Today, I found out that his wife and father have survived, but some friends...

Meeting Gabriel Dodd

[Some people have gotten divine messages from Gabriel the Angel. Many of you have gotten emails from Gabriel Dodd, the Program Manager. I asked him to tell you a little bit more about himself. He did. – Bill] My name is Gabriel. I’m 26, a husband, and I have been the...

Another reflection from Monastic Immersion Weekend

My Monastic Immersion Weekend at Holy Cross Abbey began in earnest with Vigils. Three o’clock in the morning is early. Nah, it’s not even morning yet. I’m not used to what this hour looks like and I’m definitely not used to being functional at this hour. And that’s...

He is risen indeed!

Hallelujah! The Lord is risen!  He is risen indeed! With great joy and relief and gladness and hope and thanksgiving we celebrate today the resurrection of our Jesus Christ from the dead!   It changed, and changes everything.   Glory be to you, Lord Christ! “The good...

He Didn’t Have To Do It

These past couple of years I’ve had the chance to go a couple of times to the Holy Land.  Every place where Jesus was has deep meaning.  A couple of places meet me with a special power each time.  One of them is the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem.   It is a place...

There and Back Again

Our pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine had several purposes.   We went to meet the peoples of this land.  We went to better understand the reality and complexity of the contemporary Holy Land.  We went to walk where Jesus walked.  Most importantly, we went to learn...

Henri Nouwen on Spiritual Direction (kind of!)

“Listening in the spiritual life is much more than a psychological strategy to help others discover themselves. In the spiritual life the listener is not the ego, which would like to speak but is trained to restrain itself, but the Spirit of God within us. When...

Monastic Life Experienced for a Weekend

[What does a monk do and why?  Members of the Coracle community just got some answers as we returned from an experiences that you’ll read about below.  It was great, truly great.  I asked the Abbot, Fr. Robert Barnes, “What is the deepest essence of why a monk does...

The Joy of Being a Pencil

     This past weekend a young woman came to Corhaven to talk about Mother Teresa.  A freshman in high school, she’s working on a year long research project and had heard that Tara and I had met her.  It’s true.  I met Mother Teresa in 1995 when I spent a month in...
Mother Teresa and Spiritual Maturity

Mother Teresa and Spiritual Maturity

Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to teach on how Mother Teresa’s life exhibited spiritual maturity, and it afforded the opportunity to explore the meaning of her long “dark night”.   It was a privilege for me, and this talk became...