Writing to save the day

“Writing can be a true spiritual discipline.

Writing can help us to concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic expression to what we are living, and to store significant events in our memories.

Writing can also be good for others who might read what we write.

Quite often a difficult, painful, or frustrating day can be “redeemed” by writing about it.

By writing we can claim what we have lived and thus integrate it more fully into our journeys.

Then writing can become lifesaving for us and sometimes for others too. “

Henri Nouwen wrote the above, giving us so many good reasons to share our lives. Yes, it is always a good feeling that I get when I check the administration that needs to be done each week, and find that contributors have been doing their writing.

It was Henri Nouwen whose writing I first read many years ago that touched me, and helped me to be more open and vulnerable. It takes courage, I always say, for one to bare one’s soul and share deeply. Reading Henri Nouwen’s writings taught me that it is sheer grace to be able to share in such a way that hearts are moved and minds are enriched. I do not claim to be the expert in this field. Far from it. But I believe that the Holy Spirit gives us the charism that will help us to live more fully, and when we share our gifts, we are able to glorify God in heaven.

Praise the Lord then for that time, years ago, when I was given the opportunity to attend the Called and Gifted Workshop. That was a pleasant eye opener. It was what spurred me on to let the joy of writing be one that more could share in, and this blog is a fruit of that workshop. Praise God!


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