my journey

I have started going to school in hopes of someday becoming a spiritual director.  I am loving everything I am learning, and I especially love all the reading.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes that I have come across in my reading.  The photos are from the road trip to my school.


Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.”

Richard Rohr


We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us.

Margaret Guenther.


Soul hospitality is also a gift of safety. Think of feeling safe enough with another person that without weighing words or measuring thoughts you are able to pour yourself out, trusting that the other person will keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away….

David Benner


We deeply long for connection, to be seen and known for who we are without rejection. But we are terrified of the vulnerability that is required for that very contact. And shame is the variable that mediates that fear of rejection in the face of vulnerability. But in the Trinity we see something that we must pay attention to: God does not leave. The loving relationship shared between Father, Son and Spirit is the ground on which all other models of life and creativity rest. In this relationship of constant self-giving, vulnerable and joyful love, shame has no oxygen to breathe.

Curt Thompson


The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

Henri Nouwen



  • Staci,
    I love that you are in school for spiritual direction.
    Reading over the quotes that speak to your heart I am reminded of why I went to school to learn the same things.
    Who is to say who benefits most, the one who is lovingly listened to or the one who is honored to be the listener.

  • you are quite remarkable — going to school with a goal of becoming a spiritual director.
    I can so relate to the quote by Henri Nouwen. Thank you for this lovely series of images and thoughts. May you be enriched.

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