This year I have been involved in a program at Dominican University called “Spiritual Companions.” It brings together 4 or 5 students with two facilitators (staff, faculty, or others connected with the University) to reflect together on our lives, beliefs, and values. It’s a gift to share all of this in a confidential circle where each speaks, listens, and encourages others. We come to know better and to accept our true selves (strengths and frailties, beauty and warts) and to enter more authentically into communion with others and with God.
Parker Palmer in his book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation poses the question “Is the life I’m living the same as the life that wants to live in me?” This is a question that’s relevant in all of our lives. Exploring it with others deepens our insight into what our lives want to tell us about the truths we embody and the values we represent.
So, I invite you to reflect on that question – and to do so in a circle of spiritual companions who take seriously the search for self and for God.
Kaye Ashe, O.P.