The morning of day 4 of our Lenten Journey that I share with 2.19 Billion Christians? It cannot be. A century ago there were only 600 million recorded. Yet it can feel like we are only 600 million strong. And even that number does not capture the loneliness of being a believer. Yes, having belief and faith in God can be a very lonely … Read More 4
A.M. seemed days ago when my day began with a reading on Lent. The ashes on my head from the morning Mass to start the day is a faint memory. Mine seemed to be a cross over between the Franciscan and the one stroke above. I have decided on a sacrifice that I do not need to name here name here. Omission of an … Read More 1
February 10, 2019 A letter to a man accused of Murder; Today Reverend Mano Salla gave a homily on his definition of prayer. I may write him to get the words verbatim. However, for now my brief interpretation will have to do. Know thy self: Take time out to become aware of one’s self in quiet reflection. Recognizing our creatureliness and propensity for sinful … Read More Murderer?
Seeking to live a holy life has many sojourners. Great care, discipline, and commitment is required to shape and mold our interior response to God. The paths to enlightenment and living a divinely inspired life have consumed many for a life time. Prayer, scripture, spiritual direction, the lives of martyrs and saints, heroes of the day, inspiring mentors, reading, and countless reflections of God’s … Read More Silence is Consent – Action is Required
Dietrich Von Hildebrand: Transformation in Christ (Chapter 9) On “Striving for Perfection” Who am I? What am I? Where am I today? Can you answer this question today? I believe most of us can. Give it a try. Briefly, write one or two sentences down now or just hold them aside for later reflection. Here is mine: “I am a clinical social worker, married, … Read More Radical Transformation: Part V
Dietrich Von Hildebrand: Transformation in Christ (Chapter 8) On “Confidence in God” Many Christians have been waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ. It has been over two thousand years since he walked, preached, died and was resurrected. Our Jewish cousins have been waiting perhaps as much a four thousand years for the first coming. Jesus did not pass their mustard test of … Read More Radical Transformation: Part IV
I am in my mind’s eye an amateur, a novice, a man sentenced to be an apprentice for life. It is the epitome of grandiosity to believe anything else. There are just too many barriers for me to join the ranks of those considered by men to be held as examples of a devout man, much less than to even consider judgement by God’s … Read More Jewels of Confession (Personal Reflection)
What would it be like to hear the voice of God or his emissaries? Not an intuitive prayerful dialogue and raised spiritual consciousness but an actual thundering voice or even an apparition. What lengths would you go to experience this grace if you could? What lengths would you go to deny ever having had such an experience? The Hollywood portrait above is inspiring. But … Read More the maid a novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter
A tight rope walk with Thomas Merton on one side of the chasm and King David (and several lesser known authors) on the other still leaves me struggling with the wisdom of the Psalms. Our busy lives present many valleys to ponder. Thomas Merton short book explores how the Psalms can be used in prayer to traverse chasms in life. The barriers for me … Read More Praying the Psalms, Merton, Thomas[i]
“Discover the secrets to growing holier through the simple things in life work, play, and rest. Learn to avoid the distractions that trouble and weary your soul and you’ll soon be able to focus your energy simply on loving God!”[i] I encountered this little book in two visits to an adoration chapel spanning the last two weeks. The pursuit of God’s presence is really … Read More The Art of Loving God by Francis de Sales
Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints by Martin SJ, James
“Find your own Calcutta.”
“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 A simple calling that many of us aspire to practice in all our daily affairs. Micah is ancient, from the Old Testament, 686 B.C., telling us the importance of justice, kindness, and humility. We may secretly believe we are doing … Read More Mercy? Self-Compassion?