Category Archives: The Spiritual Life

The Fall/Winter issue of Reflections magazine

reflections-fall-winter-2016-coverThe Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Reflections magazine – the topic of which is The Way of Reconciliation – was compiled prior to the U.S. presidential election of November 8 and is not intended to address the political situation of our country in any way.

Rather, this issue looks deeply into the need for reconciliation within ourselves when we are torn apart by broken relationships, unexpected deaths, changing circumstances over which we may have little control.

When we seek lives that draw us ever deeper into God’s grace, we  often learn that the rocky road of the spiritual journey, for all of its joy, demands we face some hard truths, including that “it’s not about me.”

And the deeper we go into the journey, the more we learn to let go rather than acquire, to accept instead of rail against. The more we shed our illusions that we are masters of our own fate, the more we realize that our residency is not of this world but of God’s kingdom where “thieves cannot break through and steal” our peace and our joy (see Matthew 6:20).

The Fall/Winter issue of Reflections is now online and available here. Printed issues should be delivered to homes in the Diocese of West Texas by mid-November.  If you do not receive a printed copy of the magazine and wish to, please send your name and mailing address to



The Practice of Everyday Contemplation



cover for webThomas Merton, one of the great contemplatives of the 20th century, says that “contemplative living is a way of responding to our everyday relationships” (from Bridges to Contemplative Living, Book One). When we approach life from a contemplative stance, we become more aware of God’s presence all around us, and we slow down to appreciate it. Likewise, we become more aware of our own responses to life and our connection to the persons we encounter every day.

The fall/Winter 2015 issue of Reflections magazine explores this aspect of the contemplative life and invites you to engage with it. To read the entire issue online, click on the cover image.  Or explore the issue in-depth and read each article here.

You will also find, in this issue, suggested practices with which to explore the contemplative life.

The printed issue of the magazine will be mailed the week of November 9 to every household in the Diocese of West Texas. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, email to

And make plans now to attend a one-day Contemplative Retreat led by the Revs. Mike Chalk and Linda Ricketts at the Bishop Jones Center on January 30.

We welcome your feedback on this issue of Reflections and invite you to explore past issues by clicking on titles from the menu on the top right of this page.

Marjorie George, editor

Cover photo this issue by Peter Szarmach,

Abundant Life – Currently Available for All

spring summer 2015 cover“I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly,” said the Christ (John 10:10). “All those other things – that big bank account, that prestige you seek, that power you hope to gain – those are all thieves and robbers,” he said. “Only I can give you abundant life.”

The Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Reflections magazine explores “abundant life” and invites you to do the same. Printed issues should be in homes soon; the online issue is now available by clicking this link or clicking on “Abundant Life” in the topics menu on the right.

In this issue you will find
articles from wonderful writers,
questions for your further reflection with each article,
resources for small-group study,
and an interview with Patsy Sasek, the artist who created the cover for this issue.

If you do not receive a printed copy of Reflections magazine and want to, or if you do receive a printed copy and would prefer to read it only online, please send a note to

We welcome your feedback.

Spiritual Practices – Living the Gift

Wicker Chair“When I reach the chair by the glass door, sit down, and pull my legs up into it, I join the living stream of prayer that is always pouring out from God, blessing and healing and repairing the earth. Breath by breath I get to listen to the rhythm of a life so immensely greater than my own, and begin again to match my life to its rhythms.” – Jane Patterson, from “God Prays First,” in the Spring/Summer issue of Reflections magazine, now online.

Read Jane’s article and more from our favorite authors in the current issue of Reflections magazine. Enjoy the entire issue all at once or read the articles one at a time – then follow the resource links to lots more about spiritual practices.

Click here to go to this issue of Reflections magazine. Then let us hear from you.

Spiritual Practices – Living the Gift

spring summer 2014 cover for webFrom the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Reflections magazine:
“Spiritual practices, some call them spiritual disciplines, assist in connecting us with God and the life God desires for us.  Rather than being drudgery, as they are often characterized, they make the Christian life easier.  In the spiritual practices, we do not “conjure up” God; we do not stress and strain to coax him into our lives. God is already there.”

The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Reflections magazine is now online, with articles and photography and lots of resources about spiritual practices.

In the coming days, each article in the issue will be posted individually to this site; the printed issue of the magazine will be in the mailboxes of subscribers* in about a week.

But you can read the entire issue online now.  Find it at

*All members of churches in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas whose addresses we have on file  receive the printed magazine free of charge.  If you are a member of a church in the diocese and do not receive the magazine, or if you are not a member of a church in the diocese and would like to receive the printed magazine, send an email to