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Week One: Visio Divina.

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To start off my 'Journey with the Spiritual Disciplines,' I thought I'd flip through the Table of Contents in Calhoun's Spiritual Disciplines Handbookto see which disciplines stood out to me. After making a list of about twenty, I asked myself, "Which would be a fun one to start with?" I read some of the descriptions, then decided to begin with one that was unfamiliar to me - "visio divina." Visio divina is a Latin term, translated in English to "divine seeing." Sounds a bit mystic, eh? However, I realized it's actually quite a down-to-earth discipline. Calhoun describes visio divina as "a way to pray with the eyes," referencing the historical fact that "for centuries church has put icons, the cross, stained glass, mosaics, art and statues in churches as invitations to pray with the eyes" (Calhoun, pg. 47).

I contend that Henri Nouwen (in You are the Beloved) describes the physicality of this kind of spiritual disci…

A Journey with the Spiritual Disciplines.

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Before I begin, I'd like to thank my dear friend and mentor, Diane Awbrey, for encouraging me two years ago to venture on this blog project. 

As you may know, I've been a student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary the past year and half, with one more semester until I graduate with an M.A. in Spiritual Formation.  Over this Christmas break and J-term, I realized that I have not consciously practiced any spiritual disciplines – not only in my seminary career but in my entire life.  Ironically, I've gotten so caught up reading about ways to deepen my relationship with Christ that I've neglected to actually put into practice what I've learned. I've fangirled over the Christian mystics, monks, and nuns I've learned about because of the ways they practiced daily, deep reverence of God, but I have regretfully declined participating in the kinds of spiritual disciplines they lived every day. Why? I think it's because spiritual disciplines take hardwork and