Advent 3: Joy in the Waiting

For many of us, “waiting” has negative connotations. Waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting on hold as we call for a needed service or medical appointment, or waiting for a test result … the list goes on and on. Often, such waiting is accompanied by frustration, irritation, or impatience. But there are also…

The Practice of Effortless-Effort

Yesterday, I sat down to begin reading one of Susan Muto’s most recent books, Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart: Lessons in Holiness from St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Ave Maria Press, 2016). In the first chapter, “The Little Way of Hiddenness,” Susan explores the centrality of hiddenness in the spirituality of Thérèse. Therese had for most of…

What is formative spirituality?

This Web site is dedicated to exploring formative spirituality – the original theory of Adrian van Kaam, designed to enable us to better understand and respond to our inmost identity, formed in the image and likeness of God, and in so doing, to attune our lives with the loving, redemptive presence and activity of the Mystery of the Holy…