Archive: December, 2011


Merry Christmas

The Incarnation was, and is, a powerful Pivot Point.  All of history comes together in the kairos of the Incarnation.  When Jesus encounters us along the way we are never the same again. May the encounter of the Incarnation bring you blessed transition from death to life and blessed future. Steve


Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a process where the spiritual director accompanies an individual or a group on spiritual journey and helps them listen for the voice of God through prayer and contemplation.  The spiritual director will ask clarifying questions or will engage the directee in processes that will foster spiritual listening.  (Further descriptions of spiritual direction […]


Spirituality and Memory Loss

 Spirituality and Memory Loss is the theme of a three part series that will be held on February 6, 13, and 20 at Chandler Place, 3701 Chandler Drive, St. Anthony Village, MN.  This event is designed to support those in early to middle stage dementia:  families, caregivers, spiritual directors, clergy and all who are interested […]


Advent as Change

In a story from the book Necessary Change (Cloud, H., 2011) a woman declares that her life might be a living hell but at least she knows the street names.  Rather than move out of her hellish existence she would rather stay where it is comfortable and the pain is familiar. Most humans will default […]


Recent Items

  • The Loneliness Factor

    I was at a luncheon that was serving as a listening post for seniors to describe their sense of loneliness and isolation. I knew that the population invited to this luncheon was one that would probably have a higher sense of isolation, but, what I heard was much more intense than I expected. A man […]

  • Social Networks and Aging

    It is interesting that research is showing two demographics experiencing social isolation in such as way as to impact health: Young Adults (18-22) and Senior Adults (65+). I have worked with both populations over the past 50 years and I continue to be amazed at the similarity of the questions raised by both groups and […]

  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]


    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]