Saint Flannery

Saint Flannery. That’s how my daughter and her college mentor referred to her one day when I was delightfully listening in on their lively conversation. Sharp as a double-edged sword slicing the smallest sliver of light into the darkness with just a glimmer visible. That’s how I envision the work of Saint Flannery. She’s a good reminder to look closely at the beauty that spills out from the unseemly places. “I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing”, Miss O’Connor once said. What can you find today “with one eye squinted”? How about taking an “Adventure into the Surprising” and see what you come up with? What is now lurking in the most unexpected places? Enjoy!

The intriguing portrait shared today is by Ande Cook.

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New Spirit Journal’s Review. Celebrate with me!

Camino Divina

By
Walking the Divine Way
A Book of Moving Meditations with Likely and Unlikely Saints
by Gina Marie Mammano
SkyLightPaths Publishing

Okay, this is the book for those who say they can’t meditate because they like to move and can’t sit still long enough for a meditation. It’s also for those who want to deepen their experience of the divine by walking. Through combining mindful walking, inspiring phrases and spiritual exercises, we’re led into the world of ancient and contemporary spiritual luminaries; people like Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Hildegard of Bingen, John O’Donahue and others.

Each adventure gives us an introduction to the spiritual luminary, a camino divina adventure and sitting meditation focused on that person’s wisdom, additional sayings and resources for expanding the experience, reflection questions and practice, and a longer version of the walk.

In an oversimplification, the idea is to take a brief sentence or saying and allow yourself to enter it deeply while walking and noticing the world around you. The entire book feels very poetic and even just reading the adventures can put you into an altered state. The book certainly encourages you to pay more attention during the day and to be more aware of the sounds and activities taking place in nature. This is a powerful, fun, and practical book that can help to deepen one’s connection to the divine.

Richard Rohr Endorsement- Hoorah!

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One of my all time favorite authors, Richard Rohr just endorsed the book! He is a treasure- writing books with titles like “Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self” and “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” among many others. I would highly recommend him, and am truly grateful for his ongoing “Yes”-ness to myself and the world!
For one who teaches walking meditation, I wish I could
make this lovely book required reading for all my students.
Although it is equally good for anybody–walking or not–on how to
see, how to sense, and how to savor.  Walk with the saints–
and become one, it might just be saying!”
Fr.Richard Rohr,O.F.M.
Center for Action and Contemplation
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Birthed!

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Well, the book Camino Divina- Walking the Divine Way: A Book of Moving Meditations with Likely and Unlikely Saints is finally birthed and making its way into the world. Little feet . . . big plans for striding out its path of interior adventure and natural goodness.

Have you tried a camino divina walk yet?

If so, what did the adventure show you? Teach you? We would love to hear your stories, see your pictures! Post them in response to this blog. Can’t wait to find out what’s birthing in you!