Month: August 2017

DO YOU HAVE FIERCE LOVE?

In my Lectio Divina meditation on Phil 2:5, I had some thoughts which I would like to share. What kind of love is there that compels someone to do something they know will eventually result in great pain and even death? And not just…

For Behold, I Make All Things New

Here are some of my Lectio Meditation thoughts on forgiveness. What is the distance between your birth and death? What is the distance between when a flower germinates and when it drys up? Everything has a beginning and an end in the physical and…

RETIREES, SENIORS AND SEEKING GOD

Most of the retired people I know say that they are busier now than when they were working full time in their job.  The big fear people have, when they first retire, is am I going to have enough to do to keep busy?…

Contemplative Practices I practice

The following spiritual practices are those I use in my daily attempt to love God with all my heart. I like them because they allow me to focus on my purpose in life, to have in me the mind of Christ Jesus. (Phil 2:5-12)…

Guido’s Ladder to Heaven

Here are some thoughts about my struggle with contemplation and what I have learned about Lection Divina as one who aspires to be a Lay Cistercian. I try to follow Guido II’s four steps of seeking God.  The following is text from Guido II…

THE WOMAN WHO CHANGED TIME: SPIRITUALITY AND TIME

SPIRITUALITY AND TIME Some thoughts on how spirituality and time interact.   Seven lessons humans need to learn, in order to live in three universes. LESSON ONE: The more complex the reality, the simpler it Truth is. The purpose of your life is to discover…

THE TIME TRAVELER: A TRIP TO FOREVER

Here some crazy ideas about time travel and immortality. I recently wrote a blog about taking a trip to California. I left for Los Angeles on a Friday and returned on a Monday. No problems. Nice flight, but somewhat tiring for an old geezer….

A TRIP TO CALIFORNIA

Last month, I took a trip to California to visit my favorite Aunt, Sister Adrian Marie Conrad, S.P. She is a Sister of Providence from Terre Haute, Indiana. Although it only lasted four days (two of which were for travel), it was very memorable….

FORGIVENESS: The Gift only a God could give us.

When someone gives you a gift,  such as Christmas time or your birthday, you naturally think of money, expensive articles of clothing or fancy kitchen appliances. Most of these gifts are what we want, not what we need. What gifts would God give us to…

WONDER IF…

One of the things I like about science and the discovery of wonderful, new ideas is the ability to wonder about things and make hypotheses about why they exist.  The human mind is made to wonder about why something is and to try to…

DO YOU HAVE SPIRITUAL DEPRESSION?

Whoa!  Wait a minute! Are you saying there is such a thing as being spiritually depressed? Yes, I am!  What follows are my reflections from Lectio Divina meditation and contemplation on Philippians 2:5. I asked the question, what are aberrations or dysfunctions of the…

YOU HAVE REASON FOR A REASON

I recently wrote a blog about the Fermi Paradox. It may or may not be a paradox but it asks the question, where is everybody out there? We haven’t found so much as a hiccup from SETI, or an organic molecule of life, much…

YOU DON’T WANT TO SLEEP IN THIS BED

As part of my Lectio Divina, I sometimes get bizarre thoughts and ideas. I was trying to meditate on my Lectio (reading or saying, which is always Phil 2:5) and the fact that humans have frequent temptations to stretch the truth to our own convenience…

YOUR TRIP TO OMEGA

Life may be like a set of train tracks, but with one difference. Did you know you are on an inexorable trip to Omega and might not even be aware of it? Here are some ideas I had while doing Lectio Divina contemplation before…

THE MORE PROFOUND SPIRITUALITY IS, THE SIMPLER IT BECOMES

That title statement cannot be correct, can it? Think about it! If God is one, an assumption which I hold, then all that is real is contained in The One.  There is no two. As part of my Lectio Divina contemplation, I reflected on…

SPIRITUALITY FOR PET OWNERS

The  following blog is excerpted from my book, What Happens to You When Your Pet Dies: Spirituality for Pet Owners. See section in Books. You can lose a pet in an accident, or it can run away, or you may have to terminate its…

WHAT IS YOUR CENTER?

The following excerpt is from my book entitled, For Behold, I Make All Things New: A Lay Cistercian reflects on mercy, forgiveness, confession and penance to grow in faith, love, and service. I can remember it very well. I stood as high as my…

THRIVING IN THE PRESENCE OF PURE ENERGY

The following description is a synopsis of my forthcoming work, whatever you want to call it, entitled THRIVING IN THE PRESENCE OF PURE ENERGY: A Lay Cistercian reflects on invisible reality, The Mystery of Faith, and Eucharistic Adoration.  It should be completed in September,…

Wash Me and I Will Be Whiter Than Snow

Sometimes God wait for us on a bench in what may seem like impossible conditions. In contemplation, I realize that there are three levels of awareness I must master. Good — I wait for God to meet me because I made the appointment with…

REFLECTIONS ON THE SPIRITUAL UNIVERSE

    The following reflections come from one of my Lectio Divina Contemplations. Have you ever heard of the phenomenon about pole reversal, which states that our North and South poles have sifted over the billions of years earth has been here?  How this…

10 FACTS ABOUT LAY CISTERCIANS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

While Cistercians have been around since the mid-10th century, and before them Benedictines from the time of St. Benedict (c. 540) and before them various monastic strains, Lay Cistercians are a very recent movement. There are two types of Cistercians that trace their foundations…

HOW TO ENTER THE REALM OF THE SACRED

What might seem like an Indiana Jones fantasy adventure to enter the lost or forbidden realm of the Sacred is indeed the most simple, in keeping with everything about God. You simply go there. Contemplation is seeking God within you, among other places. Close…

LEARNING POINTS ABOUT MERCY, FORGIVENESS, CONFESSION AND PENANCE

The following list is from my book, For Behold, I Make All Things New.  (see Books in this blog) 1. Whenever you use God’s energy, through contemplation or through penance, something wonderful happens inside you. 2. Penance re-aligns your spiritual purpose with God’s. 3….

My life as a poem.

What follows is a poem about my life. It is, as yet, unfinished, but the elements are all present.   My Life As A Poem I sing the song of life and love… …sometimes flat and out of tune …sometimes eloquent and full of…

Fermi’s Paradox

You have heard of Enrico Fermi, physicist, haven’t you?  https://www.space.com/25325-fermi-paradox.html He was having lunch with his friends one day and the subject was life outside of earth.  He simply asked, “Where is everybody?” What may or may not be a paradox, depending on who…

Reparation: Why waste your time praying?

Prayer is all about lifting your heart and mind to God.  There are lots of reasons to pray.  Here is one reason that probably goes unnoticed. Think about this!  You are driving down the highway at 80 mph, clearly above the 70 mph limit,…

Carving out solitude for Contemplation

The big problem with contemplation for those living in the world is the static that comes from being bombarded with all kinds of interests and projects competing for our time. Face it.  There will never be a good time for contemplation (unless you carve…

A Lay Cistercian reflects on moving from self to God

There are many lessons I have learned about trying to be spiritual in my lifetime.  Here are a few. Spirituality, i.e., moving from self to God, is a lifetime process. I marvel, when talking to people who have said they left the Catholic Church…

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