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Resources in Spiritual formation

Communal Discernment: Choosing with God in Community

Hungryhearts article by Steven Wirth We as Christians seek to grow closer in relationship with God.  A challenge in doing this is how to make our life choices better reflect God’s values.  In the early stages of our spiritual lives this may seem a rather simple and clear-cut practice.  As individuals, seeking to do good… Read more »

The Early Church Finds Its Way: Discernment in the Acts of the Apostles

Hungryhearts article by Bonnie Bowman Thurston Your General Assembly has created a task force with the mandate to lead the church “in spiritual discernment of [your] Christian identity.” It seems to me that an obvious source for this is St. Luke’s Acts of the Apostles, the story of the early Church’s growth and development. “How… Read more »

Thomas Merton: Contemplation in Action

Hungryhearts article by Terrence A. Taylor Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a member of a Roman Catholic monastic community that embraced silence, yet he spoke volumes about the most important spiritual issues of our day. He was an enormously complex man who sought silence, solitude and contemplation while at the same time living an active life… Read more »

Walking the labyrinth

The labyrinth is an ancient tool for prayer and meditation, consisting of a winding path that begins at the periphery and leads to a central space, and then out again by the same path. It differs from a maze in that a labyrinth has no blind alleys or dead ends. It is not meant to… Read more »

Examen

Put your feet flat on the floor, and take a few deep breaths. As you breathe in, imagine that you are inhaling God’s love as you would a pleasant aroma. Feel the sensation of this great Love moving through you. As you exhale, imagine that your breath cooperates with the Holy Spirit so that God’s… Read more »