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What does a moment of grace feel like?

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Sarah Bachelard tells a story that addresses this question. In her words: The openness of non-attachment makes possible the flowing through us of larger life, the energy of grace. I recently came across an example of such openness to grace from a surprising source. In a State of Origin rugby league match against NSW last [...]

Journeying with Dayspring

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My experience of doing the Dayspring training in Spiritual Direction When initially I read an outline of the Dayspring Course in Spiritual Direction, I found it to be a clearly worded document, interesting, informative, inviting, and I thought that the course seemed likely to meet my need to know how to mentor more efficiently! Also, [...]

The Oblate Life

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Book Review “What’s dad reading?  It looks weird – something to do with oblates. Is he is reading about the occult?” No, but I am reading something from the Dayspring library again, and I’d better start by telling you what an oblate is, or you might be like my children and think it is something [...]

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Today at Dayspring, I was welcomed, gathered, drawn in, nurtured and taught. From any perspective, a pretty singular experience. What made this open retreat workshop with Jane Vennard such a gracious experience for me was its focus, its seamless mix of tender exploration and shaped reflection and its opportunities to speak again with valued colleagues [...]

Discovering Spiritual Direction

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“No, I can’t see you then!” remarked my Anglican colleague, “I’m seeing my spiritual director”. “What’s more important than a planning meeting?” I mused to myself. Working in the UK and attending an Anglican parish often raised puzzling, counter-cultural values and occasions. It sounded so arcane with connotations of esoteric discussions and shadowy authority. It [...]

A Spiritual Coffee Break

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My second office is a coffee shop! I love to drink coffee and chat about the things which really matter in life. It is not the coffee which really matters, but the talk about the soul and the sharing of the passion to live life truly and fully for God in this complex and often [...]

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Journaling takes discipline and this has not been easy. It has helped me pay attention to God, I have seen spiritual meaning in my experiences and connections over periods of time. Previously they were just thoughts, feelings and verbal or unspoken prayers but by writing them I have had an increased self-awareness and ownership of [...]

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