Our September 2018 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends,

Retreat in Trieb

Sixteen of us gathered for six days in the ancestral home of the Benecke family in Oberfranken (northern Bavaria) for a retreat on discipleship, and the fruit of discipleship—the formation of Christlikeness in the inner life.

Our days were ordered around shared meals, liturgy of the hours, teaching sessions, work times, and engaging in spiritual disciplines.

Teaching sessions, drawn from George’s book Maturing toward Wholeness in the Inner Life,included discipleship, humility, the Kingdom of God, practicing God’s Presence, inner healing and learning how to forgive. We engaged in the spiritual disciplines of solitude, meditation, pilgrimage, personal journalling, and celebration…..

We thought we were only going for the Stolpersteine…

Dear Friends,

We were in Phoenix when an unexpected email arrived. We were being invited to Koblenz, Germany, for a May 8 laying of Stolpersteine (commemorative brass bricks placed in sidewalks) in remembrance of Hanna’s three aunts who perished in the Holocaust: Johanna, Dora and Elisabeth Schneider.

Laborious digging into the family history, searching for facts while writing A Garland for Ashes (Meine Krone in der Asche) had yielded sparse results. But now the city of Koblenz was acknowledging their history and honoring their memory. 

Almost immediately we knew we were supposed to go. We began to invite friends in Germany to join us.

In Koblenz on May 8 it was already…

Reflections on Our Last 4 Months in Europe

How to adequately share with you the spiritual highlights of the 50th Anniversary? Perhaps these two links will reveal something of what the Spirit was saying to the churches:

Read Raniero Cantalamessa’s prophetic message given to 50,000 believers in the Circus Maximus at the Pentecost Vigil.

Listen to the Ecumenical Symposium on Messianic Judaism in Rome, moderated by Father Peter Hocken, his last public ministry before leaving us to be with Jesus.