Month: February 2018

WHAT WERE YOU DOING ON MARCH 1, 2007?

Can you think back to the year 2007 and tell me what you were doing on March 1? You did something, if you were living, not so? What was it that made this date so special? How about the other dates you have experienced? …

SOLITUDE: The need to be with God.

There are at least four themes of prayer that I have detected in my Lectio Divina. They are not the typical four types of prayer, such as petition, thanksgiving, praise, and reparation. I realized these four themes in my  sleep sometime before I woke…

SIMPLICITY IN PRAYER

As I become more like Christ and less like me, I appreciate the notion of Oneness. I am beginning to be aware that more is not necessarily better when it comes to prayer. At all times, I try to keep a healthy balance between …

Ash Wednesday: Sober reminder of our destiny

Every year I hear the same thing, Memento, Homo, quia tu es pulvis, et pulveris reverteris, although it is likely said in English, “Remember, Human, you are dust and into dust you shall return.” For many, many years, this statement has jolted me back…

REFLECTIONS ON THE LAY CISTERCIAN RETREAT– 2018

Every now and then, more so now that I am 77 years old, I get an idea that sends me flush with excitement. For an old, broken-down temple of the Holy Spirit, that can be extremely important. Just returning from my annual Lay Cistercian…

SPIRITUALITY FOR ATHEISTS AND AGNOSTICS

I never know where my Lectio Divina meditations are going to take me.  Once in a blue moon, I make it to the contemplatio part of my four steps. Often I just do what I call the chain Lectio (someone may have another term…

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