Advent Reflection: How to Live From the Heart

Advent Reflection - Living Deeply through Penance

Earlier this year I posted the story of a dream and revelation I had in Russia, which shook me out of my distracted, superficial way of living and reminded me why I was really there. It called me down from the noisy shallows into a mysterious “deep life,” something I could sense, but not describe. It … Read more…

“The Lake Isle of Innisfree” and Your Call to a Deeper Life

The Lake Isle of Innisfree and the Call to a Deeper Life

In the dark of the concert hall, as the voices of the chorale floated on air, I closed my eyes and saw myself on a snow-covered hill, trudging up through wilted stalks of tall grass and bare birch trunks. As I neared the summit, I saw in the distance, in a valley, the golden domes … Read more…

How a “Miracle of the Sun” in Russia Changed How I Saw Life

What a "Miracle of the Sun" Taught Me About Living Deeply

In October 2015, while living and teaching abroad in Siberia, I had an extraordinary dream. I was attending Mass in a large hall with both Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic believers. During the Mass, I was talking to the Orthodox about the differences between Orthodoxy and Catholicism, when suddenly I realized that while talking I had missed … Read more…