Month: May 2018

GENESIS: A story of Life..Forever

I thought about Genesis today as part of my Lectio Diviina (Phil 2:5), specifically the idea that The Garden of Eden described what our original destiny as humanity was, to live in harmony with God, conscious of our nature, content to act our nature. …

FIVE STRANGE GIFTS FROM GOD TO HELP YOU GET TO HEAVEN: THE CUP OF LIFE.

As part of my Lectio Divina reflections ((Phil 2:5) last week, I was struck by the thought that Jesus left us to go back to the Father (Ascension), but it was more than just leaving the Apostles, as a son leaves his mother and…

REFELECTIONS ON HOW SENDING EMAIL TAUGHT ME ABOUT CONTEMPLATION

One of the lessons I have learned about contemplation, after being in the Lay Cistercian way of life for a few years, is hospitality.  Contemplation, in its pure form, is being in the presence of God without all the human gadgets to distracts you…

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

This blog is going to sound crazyy, so I am forwarning you now. My second Lectio Divina of the day for Monday was, as always, Philiippians 2:5, read it, pray for wisdom and then get out of the way for what God wants to…

FRAGMENTS IN A BASKET

This is the Commemoration of the Pentecost upon the Twelve in the Upper Room by the Holy Spirit. Jesus has Ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father with the Holy Spirit. He sent the Holy Spirit upon us in…

NEW PENTECOST

When thinking of the Holy Spirit, as it relates to Jesus, I always try to think of pure energy as being a person.  That is probably not theological or whatever you want to call it, but it does go to the heart of my…

THE NOBLE ART OF RECEIVING

Everyone likes to give gifts or money or favors to others. The motivations are different with each such transaction. During my last thirty years or so, I have been making a conscious effort to receive whatever comes to me from others with the same…

THE PLACE IN REALITY WHERE STEPHEN HAWKING COULD NOT LOOK.

One blustery, blue day, as I sat contemplating Philippians 2:5, as part of my Lectio Divina, I looked out my office window only to see that the weather outside was foggy, so much so that I had second thoughts about going to Mass that…

FIVE LEVELS OF SPIRITUAL AWARENESS

Almost every Sunday, except my Lay Cistercian Gathering Day on the first Sunday of each month, you will find me at the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist, at Good Shepherd Community, Tallahassee, Florida.  The Church floorplan is laid out like a fan. I sit in the…

WHAT IS A CHARISM?

The following items I found in a book by the late Father Anthony Delisi, OCSO, a monk of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit.  He writes in this book about Cistercian charisms, What makes a Cistercian Monk? His book is taken from…

OBEDIENCE: The Archetypal Sin

During one of my Lectio Divina sessions (Phil 2:5), I thought of what the obedience of the Son must be to God the Father to come earth and make reparation for the sin of Adam and Eve. He who takes away the sins of…

MAY THE PEACE OF CHRIST BE WITH YOU.

During one of my Lectio Divina sessions on Philippians 2:5, I thought of what it means to say,  “May the peace of Christ be with you.” We say this greeting at each Eucharist after saying the Our Father together as community of faith. What…

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