Author Archives: Soul Intention

About Soul Intention

"Spirituality is, ultimately, about what we do with...desire. What we do with our longings, both in terms of handling the pain and the hope they bring us, that is our spirituality." from The Holy Longing by Ronald Rolheiser. Paraphrasing what Gerald May has said, in his book Will and Spirit, spirituality is our experience and interpretation of our relationship with the Sacred. The intent of this blog is to explore for myself, and to invite others to explore with me, just what is it we do with our desire? What is our spirituality? Mine has been shaped by many my formative years, by the Roman Catholic church. In the last decade, by the 12 steps. Most recently, by the Episcopal Church. And, always, always, by the sense that Nature helped to reveal the Great Mystery, of which we are all a part. So, my spirituality includes concrete practices, like the Steps, as well as probing more philosophical matters. I was certified, in January 2011, as a Spiritual Director by the Haden Institute. During those 21 months of study, which included a broad range of topics from Celtic Spirituality, to the Christian Mystics, to Jungian Depth psychology, I was given the space and time to ponder my own spiritual journey, hear about others' paths, and benefit from participation in an intentional community. My hope is that this blog can engender a similar conversation. Peace, Paul

The Urgency of Love: A Birthday Remembrance

November 30, 1957. Here’s my father, George J. Kimmerling, Jr,. dancing with his mother, Mary (nee McKenna), at the wedding reception which followed his marriage to my mother, Amelia (nee Fritz). Today, September 12, 2015, would have been his 95th birthday. … Continue reading

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Loving the World: My Learnings

Last week, I led a wonderful group of people in my contemplative photography retreat. We explored such questions as: “How do we see now?” “Might we see differently?” “In what ways do our inner lives influence our outer vision?” We … Continue reading

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One Photo Inspires Many More

In place of a new blog entry, I would like to share one by my friend Larry Gaissert, who took one of my photos as inspiration for his own contemplative practices. Here is my photograph, below. And, following that, is … Continue reading

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  What ponderous love is this?   A love that scolds and shames, and casts aspersions in the name of righteousness.   That lays a path of petals, beckoning me to take rest in a minefield bedecked as pastel Spring. … Continue reading

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Darkness is Not Dark

I attend, with fair regularity, mid-week evening prayer at St Mark’s, the local Episcopal church. It’s a welcoming, intimate group of 10 or so, whose members take turns leading the ritual and reading the passages. It is simple, focused, and … Continue reading

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Stay Awake for the Home Invasion

My morning prayer practice includes an email from the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, NJ, with daily readings and reflections during Advent. One this week read: Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But … Continue reading

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Halloween. Samhain. All Souls and All Saints days. The end of Daylight Savings Time. It’s a full week of observances, whatever culture or tradition you claim. And we may also observe, daily, the seasonal change. Our blessed earth has followed … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary

Seventeen years ago, today, I came out. I was, as some later remarked, a bit long in the tooth compared to others who took that step much earlier. And, as many others admitted, my news was not news to them. … Continue reading

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Full Circle

For E, with love, who encouraged me to keep writing. Today, the Feast of the Assumption, calls me back to a much earlier and formative time – my Catholic childhood. And, although I left the RC Church decades ago, and … Continue reading

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The Tenderness of the Soul’s Longing

I have returned from leading a group retreat in Assisi. As I reflect on my own learnings and experiences, as well as what others tell me about theirs, the following become clear. We make pilgrimages for highly personal reasons. While … Continue reading

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