Who are you: Creator, Restorer, Messenger, Destroyer, or Bystander? These actions for most of us require no evangelization, no debate or apologetics regarding religion, or public display of religiosity. Our message is simply how we live our lives and how we treat others in all we do. If we are living a spiritually coherent life we will naturally be great messengers of the faith … Read More Contemplating life? Who are you anyway?
On a dark night, Kindled in love with yearnings—oh, happy chance! — I went forth without being observed, My house being now at rest.[i] Two friends, 27 years apart, united in “their ardent desire to embrace the primitive Rule of Carmel, their longing for a deeper prayer life, their practice of poverty of spirit in the simplicity of their lives, the compassion evident in … Read More Contemplative Life
“In my experience, nothing torments us more than longing. Some people have been so violently shaken in their lives from the earliest days that they cannot now, so to speak, allow themselves any great longing or put up with a long period of tension, and they find compensation in short-lived pleasures that offer readier satisfaction.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer* was writing his family from … Read More Addiction and Spirituality
“This virtue of the great and the small, which always makes us look at the horizon. What does magnanimous mean? It means having a great heart, having greatness of mind; it means having great ideals, the wish to do great things in response to what God asks of us. (It means also)……..to do well the routine……daily actions, task, meetings with people –doing the little … Read More Magnanimity, Mindfulness & God