Tag: Prayer

Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope: Book Review

I wrestled with God and Won! Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope by Joan D. Chittister, is an excellent spiritual journey for all believers that have difficulties with life’s struggles and God’s appearance of indifference.  Twenty-four distinct chapters referencing the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God throughout the dark night until dawn and the author’s own life experiences are utilized to examine “A … Read More Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope: Book Review

Addiction and Spirituality

  “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

Jesus Freaks: Martyrs: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks by DC Talk

“There are more Christian martyrs today than there were in ad 100–in the days of the Roman Empire. Now in the twenty-first century, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, more than 150,000 Christians are martyred around the world every year.” When I think of modern-day martyrs I think of burning monks who set themselves afire as more than a 140 … Read More Jesus Freaks: Martyrs: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks by DC Talk

Isenheim Altarpiece: A Portrait of Agony; a Message of Hope

I cannot imagine caring for patients with “St. Anthony’s Fire” in the 1500s.  Our medicines have come along ways and palliative care nurses are by the sides of those facing unremitting symptoms, torment, and anguish.   Nevertheless, patients with serious conditions are faced with their own mortality and the instinctual drive to defy our destiny with ashes. When to fight on, what medicines to … Read More Isenheim Altarpiece: A Portrait of Agony; a Message of Hope

The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

A 600 plus page fictional story of an Irish family and Father Kennedy’s pastoral life. Fascinating use of Irish humor and Russian pessimism from an American author.  I would like to say a hidden gem of American literature – but it was published in 61 and won the pulitzer prize in 62….so perhaps only hidden from me.  Captures a generation of relationships thru the eyes … Read More The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

The Energy of Prayer: How to deepen your spiritual practice by Thich Nhat Hanh

A renowned Vietnamese Zen master dicusses the power of prayer and meditation and its impact on the self.  Draws from all religions (Budhism, Christianity, Islam) and secular taught meditation.  Hammers and chisels away  at the limiting words we use to define the creator, the ultimate absolute being and where we may direct our prayers: G_d, Yahwey, Buddha, Allah. Regardless of your chosen faith he … Read More The Energy of Prayer: How to deepen your spiritual practice by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton

  Book Review:  A collection of anecdotal stories, parables, or sayings from the Hermits of Scete as collected by and scribed by Thomas Merton.  The Hermits formed an important thread in the fourth century by capturing Christian contemplation and prayer as they sought out solitude in the desert. The humility and passion of these Hermits exceeds current day monasteries.  I like the story where … Read More The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton

Magnanimity, Mindfulness & God

“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

The Truth

“The truth is not grasped as a thing; the truth is encountered.  It is not a possession; It is an encounter with a Person.”  Pope Francis, May 15, 2013 General Audience One word:  Truth.  We assume and lay claim to the truth everyday.  We defend our sense of the truth as if it was absolute, irrefutable, and natural.  We take for granted that our edifices … Read More The Truth

Whose Kingdom do I seek?

Mt. 6:6:  When you pray go to a private room and close the door.  You may pray there, say a thoughtful version of the Our Father (Mt. 6: 9 to 15).  Fasting privately can also increase faith.   For most of us prayer is experienced as a solitary and often lonely experience.  It does not have to be long. Difficulty in prayer is to … Read More Whose Kingdom do I seek?

Retreat Excercise

My Personal Creed July 18, 2015 Saturday Evening excercise Retreat “Priest, Prophet, King” Loyola Retreat House on the Potomac Transcendent Reality Dear Unknowable; I have come to know you as The Father, The Almighty.  I have come to know your son, Jesus Christ, through tradition, and Mary the Mother of Jesus, saints and martyrs, priest and religious people through the church, through life, and … Read More Retreat Excercise

The Canticle of Mary

The Canticle of Mary My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He … Read More The Canticle of Mary

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