Category: contemplative prayer

PAINTING WITH THE BRUSH OF CHRIST

St. Benedict teaches his monks that the monastery is a School of Charity or Love where we can learn how to love others as Christ loved us. It takes a lifetime to master the Art of Contemplative Practice. In one of my Lectio Divina… Continue Reading “PAINTING WITH THE BRUSH OF CHRIST”

HOW TO BAKE A LAY CISTERCIAN?

If you think the Holy Spirit doesn’t have a sense of humor, then you will not appreciate this blog that I wrote down for my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5). I like to focus these end days (of my life) on how all things move… Continue Reading “HOW TO BAKE A LAY CISTERCIAN?”

WHO MADE YOU POPE?

There is a controversy in the Church over the use of the Latin language in the Mass. As usual, almost everyone misses the point. This points out a phenomenon that has plagued the Church all the way back to Moses and the Ten Commandments.… Continue Reading “WHO MADE YOU POPE?”

traveling with the holy Spirit

Isn’t the Holy Spirit everywhere? Next time you travel with anyone in the car or truck, try this contemplative practice. Ask those in the car to think of one idea only as you read this passage. Read Scriptures from Philippians 3:5-12 outloud (not the… Continue Reading “traveling with the holy Spirit”

watching lucifer just for the hell of it

Usually, my tastes in television movies and sitcoms goes from following Jason Statham movies to that of Father Brown Mysteries. I came across a television series entitled Lucifer. I thought it would be about the usual fodder fed by sensationalists to sell movies.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK5lZTPHozs I… Continue Reading “watching lucifer just for the hell of it”

LIFTING THE HEART AND MIND TO GOD USING ARCHITECTURE AND GREGORIAN CHANT

One characteristic of love is to want to share what is critical with those whom you value most. I wanted to share an aspect of prayer that is part of our Benedictine/Cistercian/Carthusian heritage. I came across this YouTube of a Cistercian monastery, one which… Continue Reading “LIFTING THE HEART AND MIND TO GOD USING ARCHITECTURE AND GREGORIAN CHANT”

READINGS FROM ST. BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX,Parable One: The Story of the King’s Son1.Once upon a time, there was a rich and powerful king, God the almighty. And he caused Man,whom he had created, to become his son. And because he was a delicate boy, he delegated Lawand… Continue Reading “READINGS FROM ST. BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX”

the three principles of existence

I was never very good at academics in school, having the curse to have a slow mind that seems to dwell on how things fit together rather than their composition. I seem to gravitate toward the bigger picture. The problem is that the bigger… Continue Reading “the three principles of existence”

the christ imperatives

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THE CHRIST IMPERATIVES Here are some of the commands that Jesus gave to us to help us to convert our lives from the World to the Spirit. • Seeking perfection? Listen to me for I am meek and humble of heart. Matthew 11:28-30 •… Continue Reading “the christ imperatives”

WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

Somehow, this made its way into my Lectio Divina meditations (not contemplation) for this morning. I have so many wonderful and inspiring thoughts from the Holy Spirit about linking all reality with the Christ Principle. Even thoughts about where my classmates are somehow part… Continue Reading “WHERE IS EVERYBODY?”

HOW DO YOU ANSWER THIS?

What would be your answer to the following four questions that I received from the Holy Spirit during my last two Lectio Divina meditations? I don’t have answers as much as further questions about these ideas. I want you to think about them in… Continue Reading “HOW DO YOU ANSWER THIS?”

OBEDIENCE BY RELINQUISHING MY WILL TO A POWER OUTSIDE MYSELF: THE GREATEST OBSTACLE TO SPIRITUAL RESONANCE

My last couple of Lectio Divina’s has centered on how my Lectio (Philippians 2:5) influences resonance. I don’t take credit for this way out of thoughts as they apply to Holy Scripture. They just come, and I take them down for you to decipher.… Continue Reading “OBEDIENCE BY RELINQUISHING MY WILL TO A POWER OUTSIDE MYSELF: THE GREATEST OBSTACLE TO SPIRITUAL RESONANCE”

LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS TO THE LORD

In the following YouTube musical meditations, listen “with the ear of your heart.” Block out words and just sit on a park bench in the dead of winter and wait for your heart to prepare the way for the Lord. Just listen. Praise be… Continue Reading “LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS TO THE LORD”

CHAPTER 4: CONVERSION FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

55 Listen readily to holy reading,56 and devote yourself often to prayer.57 Every day with tears and sighs, confess your past sins to God in prayer58 and change from these evil ways in the future. https://christdesert.org/prayer/rule-of-st-benedict/chapter-4-the-tools-for-good-works/ This passage is from the Rule of St.… Continue Reading “CHAPTER 4: CONVERSION FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE”

IT IS MERCY I SEEK, NOT SACRIFICE.

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Mystical Death and Resurrection.*1If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.a2Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ… Continue Reading “IT IS MERCY I SEEK, NOT SACRIFICE.”

ACCESSING THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH LECTIO DIVINA

If would be nice, if you want to talk to the Holy Spirit all that you need to do is make a phone call or Email. For humans, that would be nice, but the Holy Spirit is not limited to human convention. Instead, there… Continue Reading “ACCESSING THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH LECTIO DIVINA”

MY GOALS FROM NOW UNTIL FOREVER

GOALS FROM NOW UNTIL THEN I have compiled a list of several things I want to accomplish before I move realities. Here they are in no order of importance. I have a bucket list (hopefully one without holes.) Do you remember the song about… Continue Reading “MY GOALS FROM NOW UNTIL FOREVER”

LECTIO DIVINA FOR AN EIGHT + YEAR OLD LAY CISTERCIAN

These days, it is successful in waking up and say Praise to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit now and forever. The God who is, who was, and who is to come at the end of the ages. –Cistercian… Continue Reading “LECTIO DIVINA FOR AN EIGHT + YEAR OLD LAY CISTERCIAN”

THE DIVINE EQUATION: HOW AN END-USER USES THE FORMULA FOR FOREVER TO GROW FROM SELF TO GOD

I must take this opportunity to remind you once again that these ideas are just the reflections of a broken-down, old temple of the Holy Spirit trying to make sense out of the physical universe, the mental universe, and also the spiritual universe. The… Continue Reading “THE DIVINE EQUATION: HOW AN END-USER USES THE FORMULA FOR FOREVER TO GROW FROM SELF TO GOD”

THE LITTLE THINGS ARE SOMETIMES HUGE

I did something this morning at 3:30 a.m. after I went for my bathroom break. I sat down on my bed, getting ready to do one of my Lectio Divina’s for the day, when I thought about the monks at Our Lady of the… Continue Reading “THE LITTLE THINGS ARE SOMETIMES HUGE”

MOMENTS WITH MICHAEL iii: HOLY SPIRIT DUMP

At some obscure part of my brain, probably the frontal lobe, I had recalled the topic of “a data dump”, meaning that I just get a bunch of random thoughts. It is something like taking a drink of water from an open fire hydrant.… Continue Reading “MOMENTS WITH MICHAEL iii: HOLY SPIRIT DUMP”

MOMENTS WITH MICHAEL ii

During the day, I sometimes get flashes from the edge of time (my way of saying that the Holy Spirit drops an idea before me to see what I will do with it). Here are some unrelated thoughts I had recently. The spiritual way… Continue Reading “MOMENTS WITH MICHAEL ii”

THE DIVINE EQUATION: THE PARADIGM OF THE TRINITY

I am finally at peace over whether I will ever understand the Trinity. The answer is NO because the only way to even approach that problem is The Mystery of Faith. I just let it go and use the Trinity as Christ intended me… Continue Reading “THE DIVINE EQUATION: THE PARADIGM OF THE TRINITY”

THE SIGN OF TRANSFORMATION

When each of us is Baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, it is a ceremony to signify that entering into the spiritual universe is a free act of the will to accept Jesus as Lord. Accepting Jesus as Lord means that first, God… Continue Reading “THE SIGN OF TRANSFORMATION”

THE DIVINE EQUATION: THE FORMULA FOR FOREVER

When speaking of anything that has to do with God, humans are at a disadvantage. Our human nature (being), sentient though it is, is not even in the same ballpark as divine nature. The gulf is so great that human intelligence can only know… Continue Reading “THE DIVINE EQUATION: THE FORMULA FOR FOREVER”

CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE: Wresting with Boredom

When it comes to living out what it means to be human, each of us must face the consequences of being bored with life, with spouse and family, with the job, with the church, with trying to find out those activities in life that… Continue Reading “CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE: Wresting with Boredom”

THE DIVINE EQUATION: Quidquid recIpitur ad modum recipientis recipitur.

This last week, a friend of mine wrote me a Linkedin message commenting on my notion of Original Sin in my blog, “Whatever happened to Original Sin.” He said, ” The notion of Original is as much a fairy tale as the Tooth Fairy.”… Continue Reading “THE DIVINE EQUATION: Quidquid recIpitur ad modum recipientis recipitur.”

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ORIGINAL SIN?

I have been captivated to the point of binging on some YouTube videos of science that probes into the future and what human might look like in 4000+ years. As hyped up as I am about the shows, it occurred to me to step… Continue Reading “WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ORIGINAL SIN?”

THE BEST COMMENTARY ON OUR SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE U.S.

I have found that the commentary of the late Rev. Billy Graham and also deceased Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on the subject of why our society is so off center to be the most accurate. Here is what Archbishop Sheen has to say about… Continue Reading “THE BEST COMMENTARY ON OUR SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE U.S.”

THE DIVINE EQUATION: MEASURING REALITY IN THREE UNIVERSES

If you choose to recognize my idea about one reality having three separate universes (Physical, Mental, and Spiritual), then each one has its own characteristics and measurements to describe (not define) reality. The Rule of Threes, as I call this way for me to… Continue Reading “THE DIVINE EQUATION: MEASURING REALITY IN THREE UNIVERSES”

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