A Home for the Spiritually Homeless

This coming Sunday, August 16, 2015, Authentic Freedom Academy is launching its Sunday Service (8:00 – 8:45 am at Inner Sun Yoga Studio in Oshkosh). People have been asking me what to expect from the Sunday Service, what it is about and what it might look and feel like. To be completely honest, I’m not … Read moreA Home for the Spiritually Homeless

Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That (Church that is!)

In Monday’s blog, I made it clear that the Authentic Freedom Academy Sunday Service is NOT Church. Today I want to make it equally clear, “Not that there is anything wrong with it (Church, that is).” Church, as we have (mostly) experienced it in the West, is a beneficial human practice which speaks deeply and … Read moreNot That There’s Anything Wrong with That (Church that is!)

Mystics and Contemplatives

In the past several days, I have used the words mystic and contemplative somewhat interchangeably.  While the two are similar and walk a common path with a common mission, I have learned there is a bit of a difference between the two.  After today’s blog, let me know if you are a contemplative or a … Read moreMystics and Contemplatives

Insatiable Longing

Contemplatives, mystics, wondering wanderers….this blog’s for you.  Continuing the exploration of the experience and call of the modern-day mystic.   God touches us with a touch that is Emptiness and empties us. – Thomas Merton Longing, Longing, insatiable longing Sigh.  As I reflect on the insatiable longing that plagues the mystic’s heart, I feel the … Read moreInsatiable Longing

Mystic Manifesto

What does it mean to be a mystic in the modern-world?  What do we have that Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis and Clare didn’t have?  How are we called to be mystics in a world that often judges belief and faith to be frivolous and naïve?  As a contemplative, raised Catholic, trying … Read moreMystic Manifesto

The Magdalene’s Response to the New Pope

Sometimes blog posts seem to come out of nowhere and simply fly out of my pen or from my fingers onto the keyboard in a way that seems as if it is coming from somewhere beyond me.  I care not whether this experience would qualify as “channeling” or simply a function of my creative imagination.  … Read moreThe Magdalene’s Response to the New Pope

Recovering Catholic? Catholic on the Fringe? Progressive Catholic? You are NOT alone!

You’re also not evil, going to hell and neither do you need to leave behind the things you have enjoyed about your Catholic faith. You can be of rational mind and discerning spirit, you can question, challenge, confront, embrace the proposed reforms of Vatican II and cringe at the “reform of the reform.” You can … Read moreRecovering Catholic? Catholic on the Fringe? Progressive Catholic? You are NOT alone!

No More Apologies

Today’s blog boldly goes where no woman has gone before……naming and claiming who I am and what I do without apologies!!!!! Apologies, Back peddling, Explaining, Rationalizing A very important mirror was held up for me yesterday.  It is the mirror that showed me the ways in which I diminish, devalue, brush off as insignificant or … Read moreNo More Apologies

Resurrecting the church of the Magdalene Part III

Today’s blog is Part III of a series exploring the role of Mary Magdalene in the early years of the Jesus movement, its retreat under the shadow of orthodoxy and the invitation to restore her (and her movement) to its rightful place in the light. Resurrecting the church of the Magdalene After writing and reading … Read moreResurrecting the church of the Magdalene Part III

Jumping off the Bridge

Today’s blog reminds us that sometimes we just have to take a leap….even when we do not yet know the exact plan or the outcome.  And in taking this leap, we need to be willing to fail (or perhaps worse…succeed!).  GULP! On the Chopping Block As I share this blog today, I feel a little … Read moreJumping off the Bridge

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