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

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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Healing of Memories

In certain circles, we say, “If it’s hysterical, it’s historical.” This past Friday evening, we began our Healing of Memories workshop in a similar vein. We were led by Fr. Michael Lapsley, who lost his hands and one eye in a … Continue reading

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“Full of Yes”

This morning I felt compelled to pray. Instead, I wrote a poem. Some, like Mary Oliver, would say, “same thing.” I wrote because the prayer I would have said (Hail, Mary) did not seem right. It seemed too perfect, idealistic. I … Continue reading

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“I Am Afraid”

I said this aloud to someone the other day. It took me hours to accomplish the task. Why? First, I had to figure out what I felt, at bottom. For me, this requires a sifting, or sorting through. When I have fear-based … Continue reading

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Ready To Go

Late yesterday afternoon, time seemed to collapse for a moment. As I sat in a chair, facing out into the woods, I saw myself more than 12 years earlier, doing the very same thing. At that time, as now, the … Continue reading

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