“Direction will school us in being true to ourselves and true to the grace of God” - Thomas Merton

Marcos Leon at a Glance

I am the proud father of four, ranging from a 2018 college-graduated beautiful young woman, to a 2018 born boy who is keeping me young. Thinking of each one of them makes me smile. I am originally from Ecuador and a lover and explorer of the riches of cultures.

The U.S. has become my home for almost two decades already. Julie, my wife, is the best part of me. We married in 2011 in a celebration of the faithfulness and grace of God in our lives. We live north of Houston in a spacious place that is reconnecting our family with the beauty and the adventure of nature, the blessing of community, and the hope of seeing our family join God in His purpose in every season.

I love nature, trees, the sky, and good stories. I love road trips with the family and dream of a season when we can engage in a long journey to visit the beautiful places that I’d like to see before I die. I love silence and I’m constantly trying to overcome the chronic distraction of my mind, so I can learn to be more present and discover God everywhere. This learning has become the desire of my heart. I have been serving with Faithwalking since 2007; in many ways this is also a reflection of my heart’s desire.

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My approach

"A contemplative practice is any act, habitually entered into with your whole heart, as a way of awakening, deepening, and sustaining a contemplative experience of the inherent holiness of the present moment" - James Finley

My approach to spiritual direction has a strong contemplative influence, which means that I will encourage you to do a lot of listening, paying attention, and being present to God in the normal and everyday events of your life. My hope is that through each conversation you will be able to see more clearly God in God, God in you, God in others, and God in your world. I believe that there is no time without God, no place without God, and no space without God. So most of our effort to encounter God is done as we learn to pay attention. I also believe that God is more interested than any of us in becoming our True Director, so my task during a direction conversation is one of companionship and holder of a safe and open space hoping for God to fill it.

I have been also practicing spiritual formation coaching through Faithwalking for many years, and I am trained and practice counseling through Better Days. However, if our conversation takes place in a mutually agreed context of spiritual companionship, I won’t be your counselor or your coach. Only your companion.

I facilitate spiritual companionship conversations in person, on the phone, or through video conference. If you are interested, I encourage you to set a first one-hour conversation with me (first consultation) so we can get to know one another and discern together if we are a good fit for each other and if spiritual direction is what you are looking for in this season of your life. If that is the case, we will then set a rhythm for future conversations (one-hour long, once or twice a month) and an agreement about the length of the companionship relationship. All of this will be done in prayerful dialogue and can be modified if we are led to do so. 

Spiritual companionship is a privilege for both. The first consultation has no charge. I charge a fee for the following sessions. Don’t hesitate to schedule an initial conversation with me if you feel led to do it. If finances are a problem, I would love to talk with you and then pray and discern for God’s direction regarding the situation. It will be my privilege to meet you.

If you want to schedule a conversation, please use this link or contact me if you have any questions. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything

to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something

unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress

that it is made by passing through

some stages of instability—

and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;

your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,

let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

Don’t try to force them on,

as though you could be today what time

(that is to say, grace and circumstances

acting on your own good will)

will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit

gradually forming within you will be.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing

that his hand is leading you,

and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself

in suspense and incomplete.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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713 822 5003

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