Welcome to Season 1, Episode 3 of the Spiritual Directions podcast. In this episode, I sit down with former oncology nurse and spiritual direction student Barbett Wood to discuss her life as a caregiver and the value of independent thinking.

How do we maintain a sense of meaning and direction surrounded by death and dying? Barbett Wood shares her experiences that led to her understanding of a good death, the simplicity of belief, and the impact of Richard Rohr on her spiritual journey.


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In this episode you’ll discover:

  • A caregiver’s path through independent questioning to a faith rooted in community
  • The poem that framed her values
  • Defining a good death
  • The key difference between science and faith that can influence our path
  • How we can deepen our path with Lectio Divina

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Question: What devotional texts or practices have helped open you the most on your spiritual path?

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Explore Additional Resources

In this episode we mentioned the following resources:

Book: The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See by Richard Rohr. This profoundly insightful book by Franciscan monk Richard Rohr explores ways to let go of dualisms and stay rooted in the present, drawing on the gospels, the teachings of Jesus, and the Christian Mystics.

Book: Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. A modern devotional based on Young’s daily reflections over years of journaling and listening to God.


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