Author Archives: Reverend Jude

About Reverend Jude

JUDE SMITH is an Interfaith Minister, and she expresses herself in the world in many different ways. She considers herself to be an interspiritual and trans-denominational minister – transcending the differences among the world’s spiritual and wisdom traditions, resting instead in the spiritual commonalities that they all share. A teacher at heart, her passion is to lead others in discovering their own spiritual paths. Jude is the Executive Director of the Center For Authentic Living, an organization committed to reminding people who they are, and to providing the tools needed to live from that higher place. She regularly facilitates group programs geared towards spiritual awakening, and she is an authorized guide for John of God. Jude is also an active interfaith and non-denominational wedding and ceremonies officiant, crafting customized ceremonies that capture life's transitions in ceremonies that are sacred, elegant, meaningful, and transformative. Jude is motivated by her yearning to know more and by her thirst to live life fully, which is then always followed by her desire to share what she has learned with others, in ways that are experienced, not just understood. Jude is always moved by the strength and beauty of those whom she works with, and her desire is for others to see themselves through her eyes.

Witnessed by Strangers

Guess I really am a minister.  When my phone rang at 2:40 this morning I figured it was a wrong number.  When I realized a message had been left I woke up enough to play it back.  To my surprise, … Continue reading

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Patrick Died

Patrick died.  He came into my life briefly, and left quickly, before I had a chance to get to know what made him uniquely himself.  I met him in Abadiania, Brazil, when our paths happened to cross while staying at … Continue reading

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A New Dawn

Sitting on the porch at dawn Watching the mist rise from the river Shrouding the opposite shore in mystery, I am healed by a chorus of birds Knowing to sing their own song. I am filled with awe At the … Continue reading

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The Porch at Dawn

Sitting on the porch at dawn Watching the mist rise from the river Shrouding the opposite shore in mystery, I am healed by a chorus of birds All knowing to sing their own songs. I am filled with awe At … Continue reading

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My Soul Sings Out

“I have listened and I have looked with open eyes. I have poured my soul into the world, Seeking the unknown within the known. And I sing out loud in amazement.”  ~ Rabindranath Tagore, Indian mystic and poet   How … Continue reading

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Hard Time

“Pain is the roadmap that leads to healing.”  ~ Jude Smith ~   It was a difficult retreat week.  Unlike my usual retreat weeks spent cavorting with God, this one was spent cavorting with the dark sides of my soul.  … Continue reading

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Come Closer

Day 2 of my retreat. I woke up this morning with the driven urgency you might expect from someone who works like me. Even on retreat, I feel compelled to spend my time richly, completely, and well. Go figure, huh? … Continue reading

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