Category: contemplative prayer

SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

One of the things I like about the Catholic Church is its vulnerability, tripping over the wrong pathways only to reconnect with the Holy Spirit and renew itself. It is a history of how the Church is Holy because Christ is Holy, but each… Continue Reading “SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY”

MAGISTER NOSTER PART I: TEN LESSONS JESUS GIVES YOUNG CHRISTIANS TO FOCUS ON HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN

I. The -s-s-s-serpent s-s-s-seduces the Innocents when you least expect it. You won’t even see it coming. Be on guard. TIP: Be careful what you place at your center; this is your God. Be on guard, for Satan is like a “roaring lion seeking… Continue Reading “MAGISTER NOSTER PART I: TEN LESSONS JESUS GIVES YOUNG CHRISTIANS TO FOCUS ON HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN”

THE WONDER I FEEL IN THE PRESENCE OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Sometimes words fail to capture what is real about how I feel. Here are some expressions of love for Christ through the Holy Spirit. I am nothing in the presence of the nothingness of God.

FOUR LEVELS OF CHURCH: Keep my commands

Disclaimer: What follows is not authorized by Cistercians, Lay Cistercians, or Roman Catholic Church but is solely the opinion of a broken-down, old temple of the Holy Spirit. During one of my Lectio Divina meditations (Phil 2:5), I asked what Christ did to ensure… Continue Reading “FOUR LEVELS OF CHURCH: Keep my commands”

LECTIO DIVINA FRAGMENTS

These ideas are unrelated thoughts I find interesting.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A LAY CISTERCIAN?

The world has seduced us into thinking that everything is measured by how much some things cost. I ran into a similar situation when I had the affrontery to suggest that science is a closed system. The words we use to describe what is… Continue Reading “HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A LAY CISTERCIAN?”

LECTIO DIVINA FRAGMENTS: Original Sin

When I apply my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5), then sit back and wait, here is what I received. You judge its value for you. That was a big basket.

STAGES OF CONTEMPLATION

From a sermon by Saint Bernard, Abbot The stages of contemplation Let us take our stand on secure ground, leaning with all our strength on Christ, the most solid rock, according to the words: He set my feet on a rock and guided my… Continue Reading “STAGES OF CONTEMPLATION”

LECTIO DIVINA FRAGMENTS: What will heaven be like?

Being nearly 82 years of age, the one thought that keeps popping up in my Lectio Divina meditations is unlikely. If I die, where will I go? What will it be like? If my focus is to be more like Christ and less like… Continue Reading “LECTIO DIVINA FRAGMENTS: What will heaven be like?”

TOP TEN FAVORITE: Photos

In keeping with my Top Ten Favorites theme, here are my top ten photos with a twist. They are the focus of contemplation in various Lectio Divina (Phil 2:5) sessions I have used. Photos add richness and a touch of realism to my Lectio… Continue Reading “TOP TEN FAVORITE: Photos”

THE THREE LANGUAGES I USE TO SIT NEXT TO GOD AND THRIVE

To solve the Divine Equation correctly, I must use the correct language. This language does not come from human nature because the questions and their correct answers originate from pure knowledge (beyond our pay grade). To solve anything about God, we must use the… Continue Reading “THE THREE LANGUAGES I USE TO SIT NEXT TO GOD AND THRIVE”

RESOURCES THAT HELP LIFT MY MIND AND HEART TO GOD

Q & A Question: Do I need contemplative prayer to be a practicing Catholic?  Answer. Catholics have a rich heritage of prayer, dating back to Apostolic times. As you read from the section on contemplative prayer, prayer means a way we communicate with the… Continue ReadingRESOURCES THAT HELP LIFT MY MIND AND HEART TO GOD

JESUS AND I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM: How does one communicate with God, who has divine nature?

It seems that the most complex problems always have the most straightforward answers. Actually, God and I do not have precisely the same problem. Jesus had to learn how to communicate his mission as the ransom for many humans. My problem is to try… Continue Reading “JESUS AND I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM: How does one communicate with God, who has divine nature?”

Lectio Divina Fragments: Three Principles emerging from The Divine Equation

If you have been following my meanderings, I write around a core of The Divine Equation in my Lectio Divina meditations on The Christ Principle. Mainly, I just listen to what is said and try to keep my mental mind open. It doesn’t always… Continue Reading “Lectio Divina Fragments: Three Principles emerging from The Divine Equation”

THE CHRIST PRINCIPLE TEMPLATE

I use a template to create the exact product each time I make it. This could be a furniture template to turn out lamps that look exactly alike. I thought about the notion of a template when I thought of the Christ Principle, one… Continue Reading “THE CHRIST PRINCIPLE TEMPLATE”

TEN PRACTICES THAT BRING FULFILLMENT TO ME AS A CATHOLIC

Remember that Catholic is the name for those individuals who share one faith, one lord, one baptism, Unity in the Body. 1* I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,a 2with all… Continue Reading “TEN PRACTICES THAT BRING FULFILLMENT TO ME AS A CATHOLIC”

10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT HOW TO MOVE FROM SELF TO GOD

My preoccupation for some time has been to move from my false self to my true self. This transition is a transformation (conversio morae) from being human in two universes (physical and mental) to that being fully human in three universes (physical, mental, and… Continue Reading “10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT HOW TO MOVE FROM SELF TO GOD”

I HAVE A GHOST WRITER

I have constantly been upset with myself for claiming that the Holy Spirit is my generator of ideas, not because it is not valid but because it sounds so haughty to claim that. No more. I give credit to the source of my thinking.… Continue Reading “I HAVE A GHOST WRITER”

TOP TEN MOVIE FAVORITES: A life at the movies.

MY TOP TEN FAVORITES: Movies What follows is what came from my Lectio Divina (Phil 2:5) meditations. I need to acknowledge Brother Michael, O.C.S.O. and Father Cassian, O.C.S.O., monks both at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, Georgia, for expanding… Continue Reading “TOP TEN MOVIE FAVORITES: A life at the movies.”

TWO TYPES OF CATHOLICISM: A Lay Cistercian looks at the duality of three new approaches to the Sacred.

I must warn you that what I am writing, I do so with the promptings from the Holy Spirit, which are not traditional to my Catholic Faith on the first review but which I consider illuminating, at least. This is just a blog, the… Continue Reading “TWO TYPES OF CATHOLICISM: A Lay Cistercian looks at the duality of three new approaches to the Sacred.”

LECTIO DIVINA FRAGMENTS

The Feeding of the Four Thousand.* 1In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,a he summoned the disciples and said, 2“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days… Continue Reading “LECTIO DIVINA FRAGMENTS”

VISUAL LECTIO DIVINA: PART II

Use these visuals to focus on Christ. With all the blather around issues in the Church, one good way to lose your Faith is to lose your focus on Christ. St. Benedict says, “…prefer nothing to the love of Christ.” (Chapter 4, Rule) WHAT… Continue Reading “VISUAL LECTIO DIVINA: PART II”

VISUAL LECTIO DIVINA: Part 1

I share with you some of the photos I use in my Lectio Divina and other PowerPoint learning events. They make good screensavers. WHAT DO YOU SEE? WHAT DO YOU SEE? Above are the new skins for the new wine (Christ yesterday, today, and… Continue Reading “VISUAL LECTIO DIVINA: Part 1”

WHAT ARE SOME CRITICISMS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

I added these to the website Quora to answer one of their questions. With some of these inane questions, no wonder many countries are going more and more atheistic. I don’t blame them, but I offer some ideas that help me with the insanity… Continue Reading “WHAT ARE SOME CRITICISMS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?”

THE ART OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE: THE SIX QUESTIONS THAT HAVE ALTERED HOW I THINK ABOUT THE DIVINE NATURE OF GOD

In my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) today, I thought about how powerful energy must be to create what we know as the known universe (multiple universes is another discussion). These are just the thoughts of a broken-down, old temple of the Holy Spirit that… Continue Reading “THE ART OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE: THE SIX QUESTIONS THAT HAVE ALTERED HOW I THINK ABOUT THE DIVINE NATURE OF GOD”

MY MASCULINE AND FEMININE PRAYER DIMENSIONS

Don’t ask. This topic just popped into my compendium of Lay Cistercian practices for my consideration. Whenever we use words, the user (me) has assumptions that have taken a lifetime to associate with that word, and the receiver uses the same lifetime of assuming… Continue Reading “MY MASCULINE AND FEMININE PRAYER DIMENSIONS”

LAYERS OF LECTIO DIVINA

Humans interact with our outside environment by using our five senses and reason to form thought processes that mean something. Language is such a set of signals that we identify to form ways to communicate with each other. Knowing the language is so crucial… Continue Reading “LAYERS OF LECTIO DIVINA”

IS HEAVEN DIFFERENT FOR EACH HUMAN?

In thinking about my own mortality and how it will be after I die, I usually abandon myself to Christ and fall upon the mercy of God to take care of me. John Chapter 17 is an unusually comforting Scripture that I enjoy reading… Continue Reading “IS HEAVEN DIFFERENT FOR EACH HUMAN?”

THE CHRIST PRINCIPLE: From complexity to simplicity

Based on my contemplation of the Christ Principle (Philippians 2:5), I have conjured up a strange contradiction. All reality from its inception (however that happened) is an intelligent progression from what is simple to the more complex. Yet, to fulfill my nature, I must… Continue Reading “THE CHRIST PRINCIPLE: From complexity to simplicity”

INTELLIGENT PROGRESSION: How time evolves using the Rule of Threes.

Among the more esoteric topics for my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5), I consider this one on time near the top of the list. In my Lectio Divina this morning (at 2:02 a.m.), the question popped into my mind, “If there is an evolution in… Continue Reading “INTELLIGENT PROGRESSION: How time evolves using the Rule of Threes.”

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