Category Archives: The 12 Steps and Spiritual Formation

Powerlessness Case Study

THE TWELVE STEPS AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION  My husband woke up cranky today.  Maybe it’s because he’s sick. Maybe it’s because he just has a cranky personality. Whatever the reason, he said something very mean. I automatically defaulted immediately to my … Continue reading

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My Surrender

MY JOURNEY Co-dependency.  Enabling.  I had no idea what those words meant.  But I lived them out with all my passion for decades. After my life came to a screeching debacle, and I learned what those words meant, I wanted … Continue reading

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“Stinking Thinking”

LIVING AS APPRENTICES Here’s a conscience-pricking comment from Wendell Berry. We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. And this has been based on the even flimsier assumption that we … Continue reading

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On Harmony and Mindfulness

THE TWELVE STEPS AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION “For Jesus, and thus for we who strive to follow him, to glorify God comes down to this: to faithfully finish whatever God gives us to do. To face with courage all the moments of our lives—challenging and joyful, tedious and fearful and glad—without … Continue reading

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Deep Communion and Dear Compassion

THE TWELVE STEPS AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION I’ve been marinating in the Twelve Steps for the past year.  They revolutionized my life many years ago, and they are doing it again, this time with help of Fr. Richard Rohr and his … Continue reading

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“I can help you with that!”

Living as Apprentices We were talking about the Holy Spirit.  One person in the group said, “For a long time I didn’t know a lot about the Holy Spirit.  Now I do, but I don’t often remember to ask for … Continue reading

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A Shadow Boxing Post Script

Bobby McFerrin, best known to some of us by his rendition of the song Don’t Worry, Be Happy, is a ten-time Grammy award winner, vocal innovator and improviser, world renowned conductor of classical music, and a vocal teacher.  He is … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Me

“I often want to say to people, ‘you have neat, tight expectations of what life ought to give you, but you won’t get it. That isn’t what life does. Life does not accommodate you, it shatters you. It is meant … Continue reading

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