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   One of my ongoing endeavors is that of trying to establish a balance between travel for conferences, retreats, etc. and being at home so I can have more time to write. I consistently seek ways to be in touch with my readers and those seeking spiritual nourishment. I’m happy to report that I now have a monthly e-newsletter. (It's free.) I offer this as a source of regular communication and an avenue of connection. The newsletter contains a short essay with something spiritually enriching, and a brief update on my speaking engagements and publications. If you, or someone you know, would like to be on the mailing list to receive this newsletter, please contact me:
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My Soul Feels Lean
Poems of Loss and Restoration


** Online Videos featuring Joyce Rupp**

  •   Joyce reading from her new book  * My Soul Feels Lean *
  •   Loss and Suffering      

  • From the author...

        Welcome to this website. Thanks to my gifted website creator and manager, Faye Williamsen, you’ll find numerous resources here. I hope you’ll take the time to browse around and find what might be of interest and support for your journey of personal transformation. You can click on a variety of items at the top of this page and have access to my current speaking schedule, information on publications, and a variety of articles, poems, and videos.

       I am approaching a portion of 2013 as a sabbatical for writing. When you check my current schedule (at the top of this homepage) you’ll see some months are set aside for this. Fortunately, I live next to a small woods in the city of Des Moines. This lovely spot contains the solitude and peaceful quiet I need for my writing time. This also offers a balance for my activity of retreats and conferences.

       The book of poetry I was working on the past several years has now been birthed. My Soul Feels Lean, poems of loss and restoration became available the first week of March. As I wrote and edited this poetry over the past twenty years, I realized how much it reflects my own journey of loss, change, and growth. The poems also contain insights and experiences of loss and restoration that have come my way through others. The more I gathered the poems together the more I realized how they reflect the pattern in all of our lives, that of “life, death, and rebirth.”  It is my deepest hope that these poems will speak to your own experience and that they will refresh and strengthen your desire for personal transformation amid life’s continual ups and downs.

       The Institute of Compassionate Presence remains a central focus of my ministry. The ICP is now in its fifth year with over 275 persons from across the USA, Scotland and Australia, having entered into the program’s wide and deep approach to compassion. Participants not only receive valuable input, they learn equally from one another as they share their rich and diverse experiences. I treasure the remarkable growth and deepened awareness that takes place for those in this program. I truly believe compassion is what our world most needs, not only in order to survive, but to live the deepest and best of our precious humanity.

       Always I am grateful for those who participate in my conferences, retreats and other programs. I learn much from these events and contacts. Each brings the gift of individual wisdom and life experience. This enriches all of us.

       I am equally grateful to those who take the time to communicate with me regarding my publications. Thank you for your interest and support. Your comments and suggestions bring encouragement, especially on those days when the pages I long to fill with words challenge me with their stark emptiness.

       Whoever you are, wherever you are, may you find inner harmony and a desire to be a loving presence in our world.

                                                           -  Joyce


    Articles of Interest...

    Book shares peace found on journey - Review by Shirley Ragsdale, Des Moines Register, July 15, 2006, of Walk in a Relaxed Manner

    Sneak Preview - Read preview chapter of Joyce's new book Walk in a Relaxed Manner online at The Healing Garden Journal.

    U.S. Catholic Award - Sept. 2004

    Pregnant with possibilities - US Catholic Magazine, Dec. 2004, Award acceptance speech

    "Desperately Seeking Sophia," US Catholic Magazine, October 2002

    "Open Some Doors this Advent," US Catholic Magazine, November 24, 2008.

    "Five Spiritual Lessons of Loss," Family Perspectives Journal, Summer 2002

    "Celtic Crossovers:  May the Lent of the Irish Be With You," U.S. Catholic, March 2001

    "The art of cultivating spiritual growth," The editors interview Joyce Rupp. US Catholic, April 2000. pp 26-31.

    "Let the Land Teach Us"  About Healing and Creativity. Joyce Rupp. Catholic Rural Life, Spring 2000, pp. 12-16. Catholic Rural Life is a publication of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. http://www.ncrlc.com

    Book Awards Announced

    Catholic Press Association:
    Walk in a Relaxed Manner 
    - placed first in the area of spirituality, softcover book.
    The Circle of Life  placed second in this same category!

    Independent Book Publishers  Association:
    The Circle of Lif
    e 
    received a second place award in the Religion category.


    Devotional Booklets

     
    For Lent
     
    For Advent
     
      Lent - with all my heart   Advent - Welcome the Light  
             
      A Birthday Blessing   A Gift for the Bereaved  
      May You Rejoice   May You Find Comfort  

    Reviews...

    "The Dance of Oneness," A review of The Cosmic Dance by Loretta Peters, EarthLight, Summer 2002.

    "A Nurturing God," A review by Sally Cunneen of Prayers to Sophia and The Star in My Heart. The American Catholic, March 2000, pp. 7, 19.     http://www.vfr.com/tac

    Reviews by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat,Values and Visions Review Service
    Open the Door
    Walk in a Relaxed Manner
    Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems, and Reflections for Every   Season
    The Star in My Heart: Experiencing Sophia, Inner Wisdom

    Reviewed by Sharon Flesher   Prayers to Sophia: A Companion to "A Star in My Heart"

    Reviewed by Austin Repath Walk in a Relaxed Manner


    About Joyce Rupp...

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         Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, a spiritual "midwife," and retreat and conference speaker. She has led retreats throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Joyce has a B.A. in English, a M.R.E. in Religious Education, and a M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology. She is a member of the Servites (Servants of Mary) community and was a volunteer for Hospice for fifteen years. She currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa. A list of Joyce's works can be found in the left column of this page. Click on the book title to find out more information about that title.


     

    Reflections for 2014
    (from the published writings of Joyce Rupp)

    September

       “But take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them...” Matthew 6:1

    Not being overly concerned about what others think or notice can be enormously difficult. I know that I must consistently check my motivations for what I say and do not say, for what I do and do not do. This need or desire to have my good works noticed and acknowledged can be very subtle. When I do something for someone else and they do not say "thank you," I ask myself how I feel. My emotional response gives me a clue to my motivation for what I have done: if I feel irritated, angry, disappointed, blaming, or impatient for not receiving another's gratitude, I can be quite sure my motivation for doing good was tainted in some way.

    ©  Joyce Rupp, God's Enduring Presence



    August

    Sometimes it takes a big thing to wake us up. I observed this when a forty-six year old woman had a massive stroke. The doctors told her husband she was going to die and he should call the relatives. He did so, but then his wife's condition changed. She came out of the coma, and he was told that the possibility of complete recovery was good. The husband kept repeating: "It's a miracle. It's like she's been raised from the dead." It did seem that way, after the finality of the physician's pronouncement.

    Eyes to see and ears to hear. Let's notice what is happening in our lives. Let's not wait for a major tragedy to wake us up. Let's not allow life to pass us by while we ignore the signals of divine revelation that come through ordinary and extra-ordinary moments. Let's tune in and be amazed.  

    ©  Joyce Rupp, God's Enduring Presence


    July

       "Then David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the Lord with abandon." 2 Samuel 6:14

     I ask myself: Do I do anything "with abandon" before my God? Have I ever been that wildly enamored of and grateful for this Gracious One's presence in my life? Does my heart sing with joy? Do my feet lift in happiness? Why is it, I wonder, that I more often pray about pain and troubles than I do about joy and delight? I know my laughter and my enjoyment of life can be as much prayer as my solemn and somber moments of reflection. King David's enthusiastic response to God has reminded me of this. Today I will look for something to dance about in my prayer and in my life.

    ©  Joyce Rupp, God's Enduring Presence


    June

      We receive the gift of the Holy Spirit when we are baptized and continue to receive this gracious gift each time we are open to the goodness of God in our daily moments. It is easy to miss this graced movement of God or to take these moments for granted. Today might be a good day to deepen our awareness of how the Holy Spirit guides, protects, encourages, comforts, sustains, and draws us always toward a more complete union with our Creator.

    Bearer of Gifts,
    I celebrate your presence in my life.
    May your power be at the source of my actions,
    in all my moments, no matter how ordinary they are.

    ©  Joyce Rupp, Inviting God in



    May

         'Lavished" - what a bountiful word. God's love has been generously shared with us, poured out abundantly into our hearts. We have only to be open and receptive in order for this extravagant outpouring of goodness to be ours. Have you ever thought about the profuse nature of God's great love? What a marvelous gift it is.

    Today close your eyes and picture God's love surrounding you and filling you with deep abiding peace and acceptance.

    ©  Joyce Rupp, Inviting God In



    April

       Three of us met recently for an evening of dialogue about our life with God. Two of us who were feeling much wilderness and emptiness in our prayer listened a bit enviously as the other person spoke about her insatiable hunger and longing for God. Everything in her life seemed to draw her toward the Divine. Her morning meditation was a period of deep satisfaction. Her heart stirred constantly with ever greater desire for the Sacred Presence. She felt spiritually alive and alert throughout the day.

    Later on, we two dry and empty ones described our journeys. As we did, we recognized that we were also yearning for God, except that it did not seem that way because we could not feel it. Yet out silent longing and hunger for God was keeping us faithful to our own spiritual journeys. We, too, were earnestly seeking God by our daily prayer and our continued openness to spiritual growth. When we are feeling dry and empty, we need to be faithful to daily prayer even though it doesn't feel very satisfying.

    ©  Joyce Rupp, Inviting God In



    March

       As I thought about the constant need to have my heart renewed and the longing for God to continually place a new spirit within me, I realized that this longing is a great gift. If one is being faithful to prayer and the inner life, more and more layers of the deeper self will be peeled back and things that need changing will be revealed. If we do not want to change, we ought not pray. Our weaknesses can lead to discouragement unless there is also a recognition of the transforming power of God. When we feel scabby, it is important to continue to love ourselves as God loves us, to keep welcoming ourselves home as God welcomes us.

    ©  Joyce Rupp, Inviting God in



    February

       There was a time in my life when I was afraid of being too close or too intimate with God. I was afraid that if I got too close, if I went too deep, God might ask something really difficult of me, like changing my life radically. Even though I prayed every day, I kept my distance. Then one day someone challenged me about this fear. I knew I had to change so I began giving up some of my walls and barriers. I slowly trusted God more. As I did so, I discovered, to my happy surprise, that the heart of God is big and deep and welcoming. Never has God asked too much of me. Always God has led me to become more of who I am meant to be.

    ©  Joyce Rupp, Inviting God In



    January

       Each of us has to find the best time of day to pray, but I truly believe that one of the first things required for faithful union with God, no matter when or how we arise, is to pray some kind of thanksgiving for a new day. Life is simply too precious a gift to take for granted. It may be as simple as standing with hands outstretched with a loving heart, but a vital aspect of morning prayer is the intention to unite our selves with the One who has given us life.

    ©  Joyce Rupp, Inviting God In



     

    Index of Poems found on this Site

    "Evergreen" - from Joyce's new book Rest Your Dreams On A Little Twig

    "It is Possible" - from the The Cosmic Dance

    A New Year Blessing - January 2004

    "Behold This Newborn Child" - New Year 2002 Message from the The Cosmic Dance

    "One Strong Star" - Poem for the New Year 2001

    "Poem for Lent"

    "Easter Metaphor" - 2004

    "Easter Poem"

    "Prayer for Pentecost"

    "A Celtic Moment" from the article "Celtic Crossovers: May the Lent of the Irish Be With You"

    "Can It Be?" - Fresh Bread

    "Dear Heart Preface" - Dear Heart, Come Home

    "My Journey to Wisdom" - The Star in My Heart

    "The Perfect Cup" - The Cup of Our Life

    "Prayer to Be Free From Tizzies" - Out of the Ordinary

    "Prayer of One Who Feels Lost" - Praying Our Goodbyes

    "Prayer to Sophia" - "Desperately Seeking Sophia"

    "The Heart of Compassion" - Your Sorrow is My Sorrow

    "Springtime Prayer" - Prayers to Sophia

    Poetry Cards - Samples of cards available for purchase - poetry from Rest Your Dreams On A Little Twig



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