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By Joan Kelley

If you do not transform your wounds you will transmit them.” Richard Rohr

The other night at dinner we each shared about a childhood injury and resulting scar – a literal one still present on our bodies. It was interesting to note we all had one and an interesting story to go with it. Scars remind us of the wound that happened long ago. They mark us.

But there are other wounds in our life from words spoken or unspoken, messages we have carried, abuses done to us, abandonment.  The list is long, too long.  But we have some choices with these wounds – to transform them or transmit them.


  • How might looking at your wounds be an invitation to a deeper awareness of God and of self?
  • How might listening to your life help you transform your wounds for the good of ourselves and the world?



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By |2018-06-18T13:47:53+00:00July 3, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

About the Author:

Joan Kelley is the Director of Facilitator Development for oneLifemaps and a facilitator and teacher using the “Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story,” a visual workbook to be used in small groups, mentoring relationships, workshops, retreats, classes, between spiritual friends, or individually to re-discover the storyline of the life they are authoring with God. More information is available at or Email Joan Joan is also co-founder of a ministry called Sacred. ( that helps people set apart space to be with God at guided solitude retreats. Joan also teaches a spiritual formation class on Thursday mornings at Willow Creek Community Church.

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