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I’m on the road again…

I’m on the road again…

I may be a bit scarce around these parts and over at Facebook and Twitter as I go off the grid to take some coursework in spiritual direction.

There. I said it.

Putting it out there. 

It is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to test drive it — the first phase of a three year program. Lord knows if I’ll have the fortitude and the right stuff to take it to the end. Anyway, education is never wasted, and sometimes you gotta just plow on into a field to see if it’s worthy of the seed planting.

The classes will certainly help my retreat work and, Lord knows, everything can help my writing. Anyway, its 60 hours of classes over a two week period.

You can bet I’ll be living on coffee. And prayer.

May I beg a few prayers from you as I get started?

Loving Father, I stand before You in the midst of confusion and complexities of life. My future sometimes seems distant and unknown. Give me, O Lord, the vision to see the path You set before me. Grant me the courage to follow Your way, that through the gifts and talents You have given me, I may bring Your life and Your love to others. I ask this through Jesus, Your Son and my Brother.

A Student’s Prayer

Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us!


  1. God bless you, Pat. I so admire your willingness to respond to to the Spirit’s call wherever He leads and whatever the circumstances. We who read and listen to you already sense that you have a gift for spiritual direction; as you begin to develop that gift more formally, I thank you for continuing to share it with us.

  2. Good for you! Many blessings on your new journey!

    • If not a journey, a very interesting detour. I’m just trying to be open. Appropriately nervous for now, for me, who tends to internally pace floors before doing new things. But when when I know He’s driving, I can relax.

  3. Many blessings, prayers and love sent your way. Safe travels and good studies!! You inspire me to be a better person and to pray more. God Bless you and your special momma. I pray you both feel the comforting hand of Jesus everyday.

  4. How exciting for you, Pat! I was one of your St. Jude retreat goers, and this seems right up your alley.

    I prayed the prayer.


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