From the wilderness to the promised land: The recovery of Dependence and Desire

"The whole life of a good Christian is a holy desire.”  St. Augustine "It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on … Continue reading From the wilderness to the promised land: The recovery of Dependence and Desire

Terror and security-strategies: Our inner obstacles to transformation

''As soon as I start a dialogue with my self the reality of self as a kind of society becomes apparent at once... I experience more selves when I become aware of inner conflict around decisions... The Holy Spirit of God dwells in your heart and is no stranger to the diversity and conflict there.  … Continue reading Terror and security-strategies: Our inner obstacles to transformation

Security-strategies for the soul, and the invitation to rest

In Susan Howatch's great novel, Glittering Images, Charles Ashworth is an Anglican priest and canon who is sent by the Archbishop of Canterbury to do some investigate work on a controversial Bishop is suspected to be living a double life.  His journey into the seductively powerful world of church politics, however, exposes a deeper seduction … Continue reading Security-strategies for the soul, and the invitation to rest

Emerging from the Wilderness: How We Get Change All Wrong

We’ve talked much about how the wilderness is a place of both great suffering and extraordinary promise.  It is in the wilderness that we’re stripped of every cheap hope to which we’ve clung, every alter-ego that we thought could help us save face, every manufactured identity that would win God's approval (and that of our … Continue reading Emerging from the Wilderness: How We Get Change All Wrong

fixed or found? the journey from self-reliance to surrender.

In the last post entitled Opening Our Clenched Fists and Reaching Out Towards Hope, I began to paint a picture of the scary but glorious emergence from the dark valley of pain.  Nouwen's metaphor of clenched fists opening - released from tension and clamoring - is a beautiful metaphor for a heart that releases its … Continue reading fixed or found? the journey from self-reliance to surrender.