Author Archive: jacciturner

Spiritual Practice: Journaling

I always say I’m not a journaler, but I just typed an update on the computer in a journal file that I’ve kept faithfully since 2009. And, if you dug around in the recesses of my basement, you’d come across boxes of notebooks I’ve been writing in since 1977. So, am I a journaler? I …

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Spiritual Practice: Quaker Clearness Committee

Last time we talked about discernment using the Ignatian method of Examen over a period of time, looking for themes of joy and life to guide us to our true selves. This week I will discuss bringing a discernment question to a group in a Quaker Clearness Committee. In the same way that you don’t …

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Spiritual Practice: Ignatian Discernment

Looking back over my blogs I’ve noticed that many of them have to do with discernment about big changes in my life. We all have to face these kinds of questions. Is it time to end a relationship, change a job, retire, switch majors in college? How do we go about making a thoughtful decision? …

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Spiritual Practices: Gratitude

  I’ve always been a pretty happy person. I like my life, like my eggs, sunny side up. But I was stopped in my tracks by a line I read in the fantastic book, “The Return of the Prodigal Son,” by Henri J.M. Nouwen. “Resentment and gratitude cannot co-exist, since resentment blocks the perception and …

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Spiritual Practice: Gospel Contemplation

  This series of spiritual practices is in celebration of my book release: The Retreat: A Tale of Spiritual Awakening now available wherever eBooks are sold! We previously tried the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina and today we will begin Gospel Contemplation. The two are similar but not the same. Gospel Contemplation comes to us …

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Spiritual Practice: Visio Divina

  We are nearing the end of our series on Spiritual Practices. I wanted to do this series to lead up to the promotion of my new book: The Retreat: A Tale of Spiritual Awakening which is now available wherever eBooks are sold. Today we will talk about Visio Divina (Latin: Divine Seeing). It is …

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Today’s the Day!!! Book Launch Day.

Today is book launch day for The Retreat: A Tale of Spiritual Awakening. Here’s what people are saying: “The Retreat is a colorful and winsome story that underscores howmuch contemplative practice is needed in our modern times.” ~Phileena Heuertz,author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Lifeand Founding Partner, Gravity, a Center for Contemplative …

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Spiritual Practice: Reading Icons

  Review: Last time we talked about The Welcoming Prayer. It has been really good for me to practice this discipline. Since I’m not eating sugar or drinking wine, sitting with and welcoming my difficult feelings has been a daily activity. How has it gone for you? This is an ongoing series on trying different …

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Spiritual Practices: The Welcoming Prayer

  Last month I introduced you to the practice of having a Spiritual Director. I love having one and if you are wanting to go deeper with God,  I hope you will consider finding one for yourself.  If you’re wondering why we are doing these bi-monthly practices, see the note below. * Today I want …

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Spiritual Practices: Spiritual Direction

Hello and welcome to my bi-monthly blog on spiritual practices*. Last time my wonderful spiritual director guest blogged about Centering Prayer because it was not a practice I had tried consistently. I must say, it wasn’t easy for me these last two weeks. Some days were easier than others. Some days it was an exercise …

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