“Owen has a depth of wisdom and compassion that consistently helps me to see the contours of God’s movement in my life. I appreciate Owen’s ability to weave together lived experience and spiritual guidance as I seek a life of meaning and purpose. I am continually grateful for his companionship and encouragement to be who God has created me to be and to discern the next faithful steps along the journey.” – Rev. JG
“The more authentic our desires, the more they touch upon our identities and also upon the reality of God at the Heart of our being.”
“Elder Wisdom. The gift that comes from living an examined life, wrestling with our shadows and welcoming them home to ourselves, deep listening to one’s own heart and the hearts of others, drinking deeply from the well of spiritual masters and making that wisdom one’s own.
Elder Wisdom. It emerges in mature communities, who value the leadership of those who have lived well. Elder Wisdom is in short supply these days. Which makes Owen Brock such a treasure. Owen’s deep wisdom, attentive listening and gentle leadership have guided me, and communities I love, through faithful discernment towards thoughtful choices. Owen asks good questions. He shares spiritual insights in a way that invites one to see themselves, others and the world in new ways. And Owen deeply respects process. Owen lovingly accompanies others, trusting that they possess the answers they seek within the wisdom of their own souls. He’s like an experienced spiritual archeologist, helping each person or community discover the treasure residing within them. Individuals and communities seeking to integrate spiritual wisdom into their everyday life will find Owen’s guidance and leadership great accompaniment. “ – Rev. Dr. ML
“We have to get to a place where we believe that God’s affection for us is not hinged to the certitude of our grasp of spiritual things, the belief that we hold tenaciously to the “right” ideas about him.”
“Sometimes it’s difficult to grow beyond that which we know and can understand, based on our own personal life experience. We need another of God’s children to add what they have learned to the mix. This is exactly what I have found with Owen. His wisdom and insight have been invaluable as I have sought to overcome my own spiritual inertia. His incredibly gracious, yet thoughtful and challenging way of facilitating personal introspection is exactly what I needed.” – JV
“My experience with Owen Brock as a Spiritual Director was extremely positive. Owen is both skilled in the art of direction as well as sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Owen also excels in directing matters of discernment that apply to most any area of life, at any time. I appreciate that Owen offers direction in a way that is both spiritual and applicable which makes the experience of spiritual direction relevant to daily life.
Owen is a seasoned Spiritual Director who brings years of life with God and friendship with Jesus into sessions that he offers to others, creating a solid experience for those who desire greater intimacy with God. I find it important to be lead by someone who has walked the journey for many years.” – Dr. CR
“When we are in touch with our deepest longings (instead of being completely distracted by their surface manifestations), a whole different set of choices opens up.… We are compelled to seek out ways of living that are congruent with our deepest desires.”
“Owen has been a true gift to my life and spiritual journey. I believe Spiritual Direction requires personal vulnerability to be effective. I deeply trust Owen’s ability to care for my soul in gentle and profound ways.
Owen is a great listener. He asks good questions that help the deepest and hidden parts of my soul find words for what it wants to say. When I struggle to find the words, ideas or metaphors to express myself, Owen always has just the right quote, scripture or life experience to move me forward.
I remember the first time I experienced Owen’s gifts as a Spiritual Director… he offered me this Merton quote, at just the right time, in just the right way:
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone” –Thomas Merton
Owen opened the door for me to understand grace and God’s love for me in very new way.“ – GY