Welcome to Season 1, Episode 1 of the Spiritual Directions podcast. In this episode, I sit down with neurologist Dr. James Grisolia to discuss his journey to faith in the face of incredible loss.

How do we stay open to the whispers of the spirit in times of immense struggle? In this episode, Dr. Grisolia opens up about his experiences after the passing of his wife, the impact to his career, and his faith journey.


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In this episode you’ll discover:

  • A leading neurologist’s journey from a scientific home and a spiritual but not religious background to a deep sense of faith
  • How unlikely sources can provide us with the means of moving forward on the spiritual life.
  • How life’s profound tragedies can lead us toward spiritual maturity
  • A surprising source of body and mind connection Dr. Grisolia found at the age of 49
  • The value of meditation for the spiritual life

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One of the best parts of doing these podcasts is taking part in the conversations they bring about. Every episode, I ask a question to kick it off. This week, the question is:

Question: How have you been left transformed through some of your most difficult experiences?

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Explore Additional Resources

In this episode we mentioned the following resources:

Book: The Wounded Healer – Henri J. M. Nouwen. This is a classic of the spiritual formation genre and one of the professor, writer, and Catholic priest’s most widely read works.


If you are looking for previous episodes, you can find them here.

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