Category: contemplative prayer

WHAT WAS JESUS’ I.Q.?

My latest Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) had several tangential directions from the Holy Spirit. I can’t keep up with the profusion of energy that overshadows me. Let me give you a tiny example. My meditations were about God emptying himself (kenosis) of being God… Continue Reading “WHAT WAS JESUS’ I.Q.?”

TEN NEW IDEAS I LEARNED ABOUT HEAVEN FROM THE EDGE OF TIME

Scripture is the bedrock of what we know about the mission of Christ. It is also written, says St. John in 20:30-31, to show us the way, the truth, and the life. Conclusion.”*30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of [his] disciples… Continue Reading “TEN NEW IDEAS I LEARNED ABOUT HEAVEN FROM THE EDGE OF TIME”

MY LECTIO DIVINA SCARED ME

Normally, I do Lectio Divina at about 2:30 a.m. as part of my old man bathroom ritual. It helps get me back to sleep. There was nothing normal about the Lectio Divina today. I was frightened and what frightened me might not be what… Continue Reading “MY LECTIO DIVINA SCARED ME”

CONTEMPLATING contemplative prayer

In asking the question, “What is contemplative prayer?”, I remembered what I read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church about prayer. I revisited that text and read it three times. Once, for the words, another time for the meaning, and the third time… Continue Reading “CONTEMPLATING contemplative prayer”

DON’T DROP YOUR BATON

I have always enjoyed watching a track meet on television. There are many events that fun to watch, such as the hurtles, the high jump, and pole vault. My favorite track event is the team relay, where four of the fastest runners compete, each… Continue Reading “DON’T DROP YOUR BATON”

REFLECTIONS ON WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS YOUR RELIGION

The past week’s events have left me in shock over the lack of respect people have for our Presidential electoral process, our Nation’s Capitol, and the behaviors displayed by any and all political parties. Long ago, I lost my respect for the political processes… Continue Reading “REFLECTIONS ON WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS YOUR RELIGION”

THE HABIT OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE

In my practice of trying to have Christ Jesus’s mind each day (Philippians 1:5), I have noticed that I do best when I establish some sort of habit or schedule to help me focus. I don’t want to fall into the trap of establishing… Continue Reading “THE HABIT OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE”

WONDER IF…

The notion of wonder is exciting to me as I do my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5). My mind has become my friend, almost another person inside me prompting me to visit places I could not do physically. I use my mind every morning at… Continue Reading “WONDER IF…”

WHAT DOES YOUR SPIRITUAL CLOSET LOOK LIKE?

You have heard and maybe even seen television shows about hoarding. It is a compulsion not to throw away anything because of a perceived or unconscious need you will need later on. If left unchecked, the house becomes cluttered sometimes to the point of… Continue Reading “WHAT DOES YOUR SPIRITUAL CLOSET LOOK LIKE?”

THE MATHEMATICS OF BEING

I can’t think of a more esoteric and theoretical topic than the one above, The Mathematics of Being. Not being a person with a great comprehension of either mathematics or being, I make the perfect person who can speculate on what I have come… Continue Reading “THE MATHEMATICS OF BEING”

MAKING ALL THINGS NEW

If Christmas is about the gift of God to us in Christ Jesus, then New Year is about the ability to see what is new, not with the eyes of the world (that only comes on New Year’s day), but with the eyes of… Continue Reading “MAKING ALL THINGS NEW”

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”

WHOSE CHURCH IS IT?

WHOSE CHURCH IS IT? The Church is the visible manifestation of God whom we cannot see. The Church, or gathering of believers, is the living Body of Christ on earth, but also those living in heaven, and also those awaiting purification. Many humans only… Continue Reading “WHOSE CHURCH IS IT?”

SEEKING GOD EVERY DAY

YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO MEET THE HOLY SPIRIT Recently, I went to Starbucks, B.C. (before COVID-19), to get a cup of my favorite brew. By chance, I found myself standing in line with a friend of mine from Good Shepherd.… Continue Reading “SEEKING GOD EVERY DAY”

ARE YOU GUILTY BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GO TO CHURCH?

THE CHURCH IS A GRAND GATHERING OF ALL THOSE GATHERED THROUGHOUT TIME WITH ONE CHRIST AS THE HEAD The Church Triumphant is a gathering of all those whom God has accepted as sons and daughters of the Father. The Church Militant are those of… Continue Reading “ARE YOU GUILTY BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GO TO CHURCH?”

WAKING THE SPIRIT

As the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.” Contemplation is all about the resignation of self to let the Holy Spirit overshadow you. In reality, the term, “waking the Spirit” is a misnomer, an attempt by human words… Continue Reading “WAKING THE SPIRIT”

have you ever thought of…

I get random thoughts throughout the day. Some of them are just “out there” and have no connection to what I am thinking about at the time. Here are some of these thoughts. Have you ever thought of Purgatory as something where humans are… Continue Reading “have you ever thought of…”

poetry in the silence and stillness of winter

As I usually do each morning, and today is no exception, I sit down to my computer, recite my Lectio phrase to begin my practice of contemplation, “have in you the mind of Christ Jesus,” then wait. Whatever comes my way, I try to… Continue Reading “poetry in the silence and stillness of winter”

VOICES

One of the challenging topics that Lay Cistercians discussed at the Gathering, on October 11, 2020 was that of voices in our minds that say things. Once a month Lay Cistercian novices, juniors, and professed members, meet to pray together, share the Holy Spirit… Continue Reading “VOICES”

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