Peacewhisper Notes


Lent 2017 

Are you growing?  

At the end of a spiritual direction conversation, my director asked me, "Are you growing?"  

These three words have continued to surface over the years and have been ones that I reflect on often.

Am I growing spiritually, in service to others, in knowledge and understanding of myself, others, God?

Most importantly, I reflect deeply and ask myself, "Am I growing in love?"

"Surely you have noticed that it's the most loving people you know who want to be more loving.  

That's just the character of love ~ it is always expansive and multiplies itself."  (Richard Rohr)

As we anticipate and plan for Lent this year, I ask myself and I ask you,

"Is your spiritual life expanding?  Is the love you embody expanding and multiplying itself?"

I think a good gauge to determine whether we are growing spiritually is to examine whether our image of God is expanding.

God is always leading us into the wider mystery.

If our consciousness of God is drawing us into that love where God is present in all that exists (Thomas Aquinas) 

and where God loves and includes all people, I think we can be assured that we are moving forward, growing in our own spiritual journeys.

May your Lent be fruitful, expanding and multiplying in love.  (BK)

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"We do not merely imitate Christ, we become the skin of his hands as he reaches out to touch human beings.

Is he wearing us or are we wearing him?  No way for us to tell, so close is the fit."    (Edward Hays)

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Lent is a holy opportunity to become more aware of the closeness of this fit.  Christ is already present in our

hands and in our hearts, a presence often beyond our reflection and experience.  Our Lenten prayers and

disciplines foster a deeper consciousness of our unity with Christ.

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"In the busyness of this day

grant me a stillness of seeing, O God.

In the conflicting voices of my heart

grant me a calmness of hearing.

Let my seeing and hearing

my words and my actions

be rooted in a silent certainty of your presence.

Let my passions for life

and the longings for justice that stir within me

be grounded in the experience of your stillness.

Let my life be rooted in the ground of your peace, O God,

let me be rooted in the depths of your peace."

~ J. Phillip Newell





The greenhouse at Peacewhisper continues to supply retreatants with fresh lettuce, kale, spinach, zucchini, tomatoes and herbs.  The lavendar and daisies outside the greenhouse are beautiful to see amidst the dry, red dirt.





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