The first words to greet me this morning: You are wretched wherever you are and no matter which way you turn – This was not the inspiration I was seeking this morning from morning prayer. I have a moderately stressful job of which sometimes I feel ill-suited for, financial woes as most everyone else, and loved ones near and far facing illness, stress, and mortality. Most … Read More Human Suffering – The Answer?
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
Dietrich Von Hildebrand (DVH): Chapter 14 Mansuetude Mansuetude or Holy Meekness is carefully defined, expounded on, and repackaged into a spiritual bullet of wisdom in this writing by Dietrich. He then fires it into my soul and into my heart before letting it rebound on an outward trajectory into my aspirations for worldly and spiritual acquisitions. The grand journey of Transformation in Christ is shattered … Read More Transformation in Christ: Part VIII
My Son; It is January 1, 2018. I am comfortably seated in my recliner. Mozart is playing in the background thanks to my new music companion Alexa. God willing I will be 54 years old later this year. There is not much I need or want for myself today. I am neither rich nor abjectly poor. It is difficult to put to paper what … Read More Letter to my Son
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)
Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints by Martin SJ, James
“Find your own Calcutta.”