Monk in the World Guest Post: Colette Lafia

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to our Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Colette Lafia’s reflection “Love is Our Anchor.” This past Spring, when wildflowers and poppies were blooming everywhere in Northern California, I felt my heart sing every time I saw a display of…

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The Heart of a Spiritual Mother

From The Divine Heart, chapter on “Vulnerability” In the courtyard of St. Mary’s Elementary School, in Miami, Florida, I looked up at Mary, the Holy Mother, eight feet tall, made of alabaster. The smooth white statue watched over all of us and became my friend. Running up to her every morning for six years, I…

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Let Your Life Be In Conversation with Me

I discovered these seven ways of inviting in God’s love. Underlying each is a question similar to one posed by James Finley, another core faculty member of the Living School: “How do you give yourself over to that which is giving itself to you?” *Receptivity, Delight, Expansiveness, Acceptance, Vulnerability, Mystery, Gratitude — A quote from my…

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I’m Willing to Get Closer

“Our lives are made up of raw, “in-between” moments, intimate and unfolding, those moments when God catches us unadorned.” — A quote from my forthcoming book, The Divine Heart.

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How Do You Keep Yourself Open?

“Love is always present in all created things and always offering itself. The world is God’s fingerprint and footprint, as St. Bonaventure, the thirteenth-century Franciscan, tells us. Every day, we can allow ourselves to sense the landscapes of our heart and live fully in the world with Spirit as our guide.” — A quote from…

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