Month: December 2020

THE FIVE GIFTS CHRIST GAVE ME ON MY BIRTHDAY.

This morning, about 2:46 a.m., I began my meditation on my one and only Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5). I thought about what might be awaiting me as an adopted son or daughter of the Father. Lest I become too seduced with pride (like Adam… Continue Reading “THE FIVE GIFTS CHRIST GAVE ME ON MY BIRTHDAY.”

I DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING

Some situations in my life blindside me and lead me to ask “I didn’t see that one coming.” This Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) was like that. There are just lots of images bombarding my conscious mind, all different, some quite bizarre. It is like… Continue Reading “I DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING”

THE POETRY OF BEING SILENT

I like to think of poetry as describing reality rather than attempting to define it. Defining it somehow limits how it looks, takes up space, or suggests a finality that fits it neatly into the rest of what is around it as if part… Continue Reading “THE POETRY OF BEING SILENT”

LITURGY OF THE HOURS FOR BEGINNERS (like myself)

Liturgy of the Hours is a cornerstone Cistercian practice that I perform each day to place me in the presence of Christ. I don’t say prayers to become holy, rather I am holy because these prayers allow me to open my heart to Christ.… Continue Reading “LITURGY OF THE HOURS FOR BEGINNERS (like myself)”

THE ADVENT OF GOD

My family, friends, colleagues, and fellow pilgrims on the road to Forever. As my Advent penance, I am giving up giving gifts at Christmas. Our house is doing without any gifts except each other. (I say that because we spread our gifting out throughout the… Continue Reading “THE ADVENT OF GOD”

FEELING JESUS IN SCRIPTURE

As I begin to peel off the layers of my own sloth, greed, gluttony, lust, jealousy, vengeance, and hatred, to name a few vices, only to have them return at the beginning of the next day, I am reminded that everything in the world… Continue Reading “FEELING JESUS IN SCRIPTURE”

MORE IS BETTER, OR IS IT?

I met a man, quite similar in appearance and temperament to me, who keeps trying to pray as much as possible in the hopes of becoming more like Christ and less like himself. The more he prays, he thought, the holier he would become… Continue Reading “MORE IS BETTER, OR IS IT?”

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU ARE SITTING ON THE EDGE OF YOUR BED AT 6:14 A.M. FOLLOWING YOUR MORNING OFFERING PRAYER.

This is a long title, don’t you agree? This morning at 6:14 a.m. (I got to sleep in late.), I found myself, as I always do in the a.m., sitting on the edge of my bed, reciting my daily morning offering, and thinking about… Continue Reading “BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU ARE SITTING ON THE EDGE OF YOUR BED AT 6:14 A.M. FOLLOWING YOUR MORNING OFFERING PRAYER.”

ST. JOHN OF GOD

St. John of God statue in Rome

HOW GOOD ARE YOU AT FILLING UP HOLES?

FILLING IN THE HOLES In contemplative prayer, one characteristic is that you must deliberately slow down. Another reaction that I have found is in thinking that I have to do something with the time I meditate or it is not productive, I must fill… Continue Reading “HOW GOOD ARE YOU AT FILLING UP HOLES?”

THE ART OF CONTEMLATIVE PRACTICE

For some time now, I have noticed myself under the influence of the Holy Spirit. I know that because I have begun to recognize the Holy Spirit speaking to me through others. I have given up about approaching the Spirit with my requests. Now,… Continue Reading “THE ART OF CONTEMLATIVE PRACTICE”

QUESTIONS IN SEARCH OF AN ANSWER

MESSAGES FROM THE EDGE OF TIME 1. If Heaven is the reason why we are here on earth, why is it we don’t do more to prepare ourselves to live there? 2. It is better for you to have the perspective that all humans… Continue Reading “QUESTIONS IN SEARCH OF AN ANSWER”

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