Phileena Heuertz
Phileena Heuertz is a spiritual director, public speaker, retreat guide and author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life. Co-founder of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism, she is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. With a rare gift for communicating the dynamics of the spiritual journey, Phileena gracefully guides others toward personal growth, bringing harmony to the active and contemplative dimensions of life.
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Unexpected Hospitality

She was small in stature; smaller than me, standing no more than about five feet. With warmth that radiated from her heart-center, she embraced me and welcomed me across the threshold of her humble home—a 10 x 10 slum clearance building in the city of Chennai, South India. We called her, “Ammi.” (Ah-me) Ammi means mother in Urdu. My husband, Chris and I had become friends with Ammi’s sons, Mansoor,...

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