Why do I practice?
Why do I need trusted, well grounded teachers?
Because I am not fed by only viewing life through the lens of my ego.
Because the use of Sacred text to control, intimidate, and shame people kept me from the gifts of it for most of my life. Because teachers like Father Philip Chircop find the love and compassion in the text and guide me to not only hear my inner voice but to trust it.
I recently ran across this reflection from a reading of the passage Matthew 20; 1-6. Fr. Chircop was inspiring our class at the Spiritual Direction Institute at the Cenacle to remain lifelong learners. I had just met Rev. Dr. Matt Russell so his influence was strong in helping me connect with my vocation in the "deep river of Yes!"
I am glad I ran across this while preparing to lead a retreat. I share in case my teachers' wisdom can inspire you too.
Do not complain
Come to the present moment without
or inordinate attachment.
Do not miss the merciful gift that is present in;
When you wake, when you listen
when you come
they are here
as they are for every one.
Let me come to this way of service
without expectation, not seeking
favor or reward
but to learn with
and be an equal student with
others receiving the mercy
and flowing in the river of
grace and love.