Month: September 2018

THE SIXTY SECOND CATHOLIC: HOW TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERY OF FAITH

A common misconception about Faith is that it is unknowable. It is,  if all we use is human knowledge. There is a caveat, we can only approach it and what we do know we know because Jesus came to show us the puzzle. and…

CONTEMPLATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT LIFE AND LOVE FROM SAINTS AND SINNERS

Here are some inspirational thoughts about life  generated by great thinkers that help inspire me as I meditated on  Phil 2:5, during my Lectio Divina exercise. They are in no order of importance and do not reflect any theme or agenda. Just enjoy them…

WHAT DO YOU SEE

In one of my Lectio Divina meditations (Phil 2:5), I thought of all that Christ has done for us by becoming one of us. I then asked myself, what have you done in your lifetime that is worth what you did in your lifetime?…

PANGE LINGUA GLORIOSI

If you know what that means, it means you are a Catholic with some tread worn off. When I was a boy, I thought that Latin prayers were so cool.  Sure, I didn’t know what they meant, but I quickly picked up the meaning…

DOES GOD HAVE LIMITATIONS?

One the surface, a statement that states that God is not the All Powerful, Supreme Being seems like heresy and perversion of what we know of God. When I was thinking about what it took for God to leave the Supreme Power of God…

SEVEN LESSONS WE NEED TO LIVE IN THREE UNIVERSES

When I meditated on the words of Philippians 2:5, I came up with these seven lessons we humans need to live in three universes (physical, mental, spiritual). I quote this from my book, The Woman Who Changed Time: Spirituality and Time. They are expanded…

DO WHAT HE TELLS YOU

The following reflection is exerpted from my book, The Woman Who Changed Time: Spirituality and Time, available on this blog under the Store section. DO WHAT HE TELLS YOU “Pure energy, came into physical time in the only way consistent with human nature–as a…

JUST BECAUSE YOUR PATH IS ROCKY, DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE ON THE WRONG ROAD

Many years ago, I was sitting in my bathtub (that was before I became too old to sit anymore) thinking about Philippians 2:5, my only Lectio Divina reading, when I had a thought about all of this as being just too overwhelming.  I had…

THINKING OF LEAVING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

All the controversy about the Catholic Church gives me pause to think about why I should not quit the Church.  I persisted in my resolve and was granted dispensation by Pope Benedict XVI. I found out soon after that Saint Pope John Paul II…

TOP TEN PLAINSONG AND CHANT FAVORITES

I have always loved plainsong, sometimes refered to as Gergorian Chant, plus other sacred music that has permeated my spirit from my youth.  I wanted to collect what I consider to be my favorite chants because they mean so much to me, but also…

A CONTEMPORARY LITANY OF THE SAINTS BEFORE THE THRONE OF THE LAMB

A litany is usually a group of statements someone says for a specified purpose. The traditional litany of the Saints of the Church Universal invokes those who are standing before the throne of the Lamb to intercede along with us to the Father for…

CONFESSIONS OF A RANDOM WONDERER

REFLECTIONS FROM A RANDOM WONDERER It is not often that I get a chance to experience Lectio Divina without knowing where it is going to lead me.  I always begin with Philippians 2:5, the eight words that have fueled both my spirit and my…

LIVING IN THREE UNIVERSES: The basis of Moral Living

CONVERSATIONS ON A PARK BENCH: TIME AND THE MYSTERY OF FAITH

Time seems to be the fabric of all that we know and can observe. We can observe the physical universe with its energy, matter, and time. Time exists on this level with a beginning to all that we can observe and also an end…

THE SIXTY SECOND CATHOLIC: The complexity of the Church Universal

I would like to share this article and this site with you. I thought article, when someone asked me what it means to be Catholic. https://www.osv.com/OSVNewsweekly/ByIssue/Article/TabId/735/ArtMID/13636/ArticleID/9720/The-richness-of-Catholic-rites.aspx THREE OBSERVATIONS/QUESTIONS There is great diversity in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. This Church universal is…

BOOKS AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE INFLUENCED MY THINKING

BOOKS AND THINKERS THAT HAVE SHAPED MY SPIRITUAL AWARENESS Many books have been assimilated into this brain and may still be in there, rattling around somewhere. Here are ten books that have helped me develop a hypothesis about what is real and how it…

A TALE OF NO

Here is what I can remember of a Lectio Divina (Phil2:5) I had a few months ago. Things tend to fade for me as I reach the North side of 77 years old. This is what I do remember. I was thinking of the…

LECTIO DIVINA: DON’T KICK THE HABIT

One of the greatest lessons I have learned from being a Lay Cistercian is the value of consistency. Doing something over and over might seem boring to some, but to those seeking transformation, it is the practice of seeking God where you are. In…

DISCERNMENT: Seeking God as a Lay Cistercian

The Lay Cistercians of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery (Trappist) in Conyers, Georgia are currently inviting practicing Universal Catholics to join them in a process called discernment. Discernment is an ongoing process because it doesn’t stop throughout your entire lifetime. Discernment has…

THE SIXTY SECOND CATHOLIC: Looking at Reality with Three Universes

You may, or may not, have heard of the book, The One Minutes Manager by Ken Blanchard. It was popular in my day, but, like all fads, it vanished. I thought of it once again as I was trying to come up with a…

THE SIXTY SECOND CATHOLIC: What does reality look like?

You may, or may not, have heard of the book, The One Minutes Manager by Ken Blanchard. It was popular in my day, but, like all fads, it vanished. I thought of it once again as I was trying to come up with a…

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