Loud cracks of thunder woke me about 3 am. I didn’t see lightning, but I could hear the rain. I stayed in bed, but didn’t go back to sleep. So, by 6 am, I was packed and ready to go home! I waited until about 8 am before actually leaving. It’s an easy two-hour … More Sanibel Retreat 2019 — Day Five
The days begin in the same way every day, here and at home: corner of the sofa, feet up, two cups of Colombian (or Guatemalan) coffee, prayer and reflection from Give Us This Day (Liturgical Press). At Sanibel, all this happens before sunrise! Today, I didn’t go to the beach for sunrise. After three days, … More Sanibel Retreat 2019 – Day Four
Up early again. Enjoying my Colombian coffee, feet up, in the tiny living room. Still dark. The days have been pretty ordinary, and I’m grateful for these ordinary graces. I decided to drive to a different beach so I packed my car and set out about 9am. I couldn’t find the first beach access indicated … More Sanibel Retreat 2019 — Day Three
Up early. After prayer time and two cups of Colombian coffee, I headed to the beach with my camera, with telephoto lens attached, for the 7am sunrise. To my delight, the water was dark blue – not brown. It became bluer as the sky got bluer. Later in the day, the shallow parts were brownish, … More Sanibel Retreat 2019 — Day Two
Blue sky, no clouds, 80º, when I set out for Sanibel Island on Thursday. It is my annual retreat. The drive was great. I left early (8:15 am) to make a whole day of it, even though check-in was only at 3pm. I stopped at what are now called the Sanibel Outlets, looking for Vanity … More Sanibel Retreat 2019 — Day One
Since reading John Neafsey’s book (Act Justly, Love Tenderly: Lifelong Lessons in Conscience and Calling, Orbis, 2016), I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I’m being called to at this stage of my life. American writer Howard Thurman tells us, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, … More Issues That Touch My Heart
Cloudless sky, birdsong Sun coming up over trees A bit of heaven. Good coffee, good books Me here, still in pajamas A bit of heaven.
One of the classes at my church that resumes in September is “Photography as a Spiritual Practice.” The overall theme for the year is journey and pilgrimage. We are drawing inspiration from Christine Valters Paintner’s book, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within (Sorin Books, 2015). The first session will open … More Gaining Perspective