Most of us women won’t say much about this, but in the realm of spirituality we often miss the presence of our men. Our churches continue to be populated mainly by females. We can talk about spiritual matters freely with our women friends and family members, but God-talk can shut down the conversation quickly when we’re with the men in our lives.
Of course I’m generalizing, but it’s no secret that a lot of men are uncomfortable when it comes to the interior life—whether the topic is feelings, memories, relationships, or prayer. This is frustrating on several levels. I want the men in my life to enjoy God’s love and experience God’s presence. I want them to be free within to be who they truly are. I want their gifts to be active in my faith community and in the larger community. But so often I am not the best person to accompany my husband, brother, or friend on the spiritual journey.
Loyola Press recognizes the spiritual needs of men, and we have begun a blog just for them: Men on the Journey. The posts are written by two of my favorite men, Tom McGrath and Joe Durepos, and they draw on the wisdom of male spirituality teacher Richard Rohr and others. Rohr believes that, although men are helped and loved by women in many crucial ways, they also need the mentorship of other men. Men on the Journey is designed to provide some wise male company on the daily spiritual path.
I encourage you to check out Men on the Journey. Then make it known to the men in your life.
We have had some technical difficulties but soon will post a video, here on Days of Deepening Friendship, in which I interview Tom and Joe. From time to time, they will provide a guest post for DDF. We look forward to that partnership.
This week, spend some long and loving moments holding in your heart and mind the men you love. Invite God into that space, to be present with all of you.