Category: contemplative prayer

FIFTEEN WAYS THE DEVIL CAN SEDUCE YOU AND YOU WON’T EVEN SEE IT COMING

If you hold that we are in a spiritual battle with the forces of Evil played out on the playground of the seventy or eighty years we each live, then it is good to know your enemy. With Baptism, we have the energy (from… Continue Reading “FIFTEEN WAYS THE DEVIL CAN SEDUCE YOU AND YOU WON’T EVEN SEE IT COMING”

LIVE LIFE ONE DROP AT A TIME

In my most recent Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5), the image of a drop of water kept reoccurring. I stopped worrying about it and asked the question, “What does this mean?” My answer was “You only live life one drop of time at a time.”… Continue Reading “LIVE LIFE ONE DROP AT A TIME”

SYNCHRONICITY WITH GOD

As the accumulated experiences bombard my heart with knowledge, love, and service (energy), more and more, I find topics pop out from my Lectio Divina encounter with the Holy Spirit, ones that were latent and dormant in the synaptic recesses of my brain. Synchronicity… Continue Reading “SYNCHRONICITY WITH GOD”

A LAY CISTERCIAN REFLECTS ON LEVELS OF SPIRITUAL AWARENESS

It is true that, once you begin to abandon your will to allow the Holy Spirit to move at will, you are never the same. You may be older or wiser, but encountering the Sacred is an awareness that you can’t describe with mere… Continue Reading “A LAY CISTERCIAN REFLECTS ON LEVELS OF SPIRITUAL AWARENESS”

THE FEAST OF ST. MICHAEL

This coming September 29, 2021, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Michael. In my case, it is the day on which I was accepted by God as an adopted son of the Father and dedicated at Baptism under the protection of St. Michael.… Continue Reading “THE FEAST OF ST. MICHAEL”

WHAT I SEE THAT I DON’T SEE

In the previous blog, entitled “What is missing?” I provided a YouTube of what 10,000 days on Mars would be like. At first, I was struck with the sheer brilliance of the future vision and some of the milestones we humans would have to… Continue Reading “WHAT I SEE THAT I DON’T SEE”

WHAT DON’T YOU SEE?

I enjoy watching the progress of Elon Musk in his drive to colonize Mars. Watching all the promotional videos on colonization, I find something alarming is missing from the whole concept of life on another planet. Look at this YouTube of a possible Mars… Continue Reading “WHAT DON’T YOU SEE?”

LITURGY OF THE HOURS: Levels of Spiritual Awareness

When I recite the Liturgy of the Hours, the prayer of the Church Universal, I have noticed that there is a growth from just “saying the Divine Office” to that of “having the Liturgy of the Hours be the occasion where I stand before… Continue Reading “LITURGY OF THE HOURS: Levels of Spiritual Awareness”

THOUGHTS TO PONDER

Here are some thoughts which I find compelling and merit deeper reflection. A religion that is not made up of sinful people (all of them) is not worth the cost of Christ’s death and resurrection. I find it difficult to explain how a Church… Continue Reading “THOUGHTS TO PONDER”

SPIRITUAL TRAINING AT THE PARACLETE GYM

In one of my Lectio Divina sessions, the Holy Spirit presented me with an image of contemplative practice and my Lay Cistercian daily practices in the form of weight and strength training, much like what professional athletes do. Here are some of the random… Continue Reading “SPIRITUAL TRAINING AT THE PARACLETE GYM”

ONE STOP SHOP

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AUTHORS OF GREAT WISDOM

One of the great delights of my later years has to do with writing down what the Holy Spirit tells me. Again, I don’t speak for the Holy Spirit, but hopefully, the Holy Spirit speaks to me if I am humble enough. So far,… Continue Reading “AUTHORS OF GREAT WISDOM”

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

I am redoing my Lectio Divina on St. Thomas Aquinas based on the input generated during one of my naps (I take two naps a day, one in the morning and one in the middle afternoon). I read Mortimer Adler’s book, How to Read… Continue Reading “ST. THOMAS AQUINAS”

DON’T GET CAUGHT PLAYING THE THREE GOD GAMES

Humans are good at playing games, be it Monopoly, Chess, Basketball pickup, or mind games. There are three mind games that I have identified that are as potentially dangerous to your spiritual well-being as is COVID. It is best not to go there if… Continue Reading “DON’T GET CAUGHT PLAYING THE THREE GOD GAMES”

mis oraciones son tus oraciones

I think I have heard this request a thousand times: “Pray for me.” I ask people to pray for me frequently. What is the meaning behind these words? What are the assumptions that are hidden from others yet are the so-called elephant in the… Continue Reading “mis oraciones son tus oraciones”

SITES TO CHECK OUT

Here are some URLs to check out. I went through the listing of those sites I have saved, ones I want to read again. I share them with you. https://www.virginiatrappists.org/category/abbots-lectio-post/ https://www.giamusic.com/sacred_music/RGP/psalmDisplay.cfm https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12789a.htm https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/ https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/ https://usccb.org https://www.newadvent.org/library/ https://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html

DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT

I find that my Lectio Divina meditations tend to group themselves in clusters of topics. My center is always the same: “have in you the mind of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5) This current cluster is about what is important in my spiritual travels each… Continue Reading “DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT”

IT DOESN’T MATTER!

In my search for God each day, I do a lot of “What Iffing.” I should refine that statement to say, “In my search for God each day, when I use only the world as my center (money, fame, fortune, adulation, pleasure, being god,… Continue Reading “IT DOESN’T MATTER!”

ASKING THE WRONG QUESTION

Here are some fractured thoughts that I had while trying to reposition my thoughts to that of having in me the mind of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5). Too many times, I find I ask questions that are either the opposite of what exists or… Continue Reading “ASKING THE WRONG QUESTION”

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HEART OF CHRIST

We all have taken a trip somewhere, even if it is just to go to Trader Joe’s and buy some delicious root beer drink. Not all trips or vacations are pilgrimages. Muslims celebrate their faith in pilgrimage by visiting Mecca. Catholics pilgrimage to the… Continue Reading “PILGRIMAGE TO THE HEART OF CHRIST”

the best contemplative streaming and youtube sites for 2021

I recently read a list of “Best Of” restaurants. That list prompted me to think back to the URLs that are sites I can’t live without (actually, the only thing I can’t live without is Jesus). I offer them with comments and in no… Continue Reading “the best contemplative streaming and youtube sites for 2021”

WHAT IS HELL LIKE, RIGHT NOW?

Hell is not the opposite of Heaven, but rather the absence of it. If that is so, and the kingdom of heaven is right now for us to absorb into our human nature, then would it not be true that hell is also right… Continue Reading “WHAT IS HELL LIKE, RIGHT NOW?”

the assumption of mary

Normally, I would give you some thoughts about a subject from my Lectio Divina. No one has ever accused me of being normal, so I will just share with you the magnificent homily from Bishop Barron on Mary. How biblical. These insights have caused… Continue Reading “the assumption of mary”

WHEN LOVE HURTS

As I wabble down the ever shorter path to my next portal in life, passing from life to death, I become more aware of how the Scriptures are pertinent to who I am now and how the words of Scripture feel as well say… Continue Reading “WHEN LOVE HURTS”

DO YOU STAND BEFORE THE MIRROR OF ERISED?

When beginning to practice meditation before moving to the deeper reality of contemplation, there are some dangers along the way. My latest Lectio Divina Meditation (Philippians 2:5) led me to an unlikely YouTube scene of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The scene has… Continue Reading “DO YOU STAND BEFORE THE MIRROR OF ERISED?”

SEEKING GOD EACH DAY: HOW FAITH IS RIPENED ON THE VINE

All living things need food and water to survive, in addition to the right environment. I have learned much from following the Rule of St. Benedict as interpreted by the councils and constitutions of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (OCSO) and further… Continue Reading “SEEKING GOD EACH DAY: HOW FAITH IS RIPENED ON THE VINE”

TEN NEW IDEAS ABOUT THE MESSIAH FROM THE EDGE OF TIME

I admit to not taking the notion of Messiah more seriously than it deserves. Not brought up in the Jewish tradition, I just accept that Jesus is Lord and go on about my business. But, as of late, my Lectio Divina meditations (Philippians 2:5)… Continue Reading “TEN NEW IDEAS ABOUT THE MESSIAH FROM THE EDGE OF TIME”

DEEP DIVES INTO DIVINITY

I agree with St. Thomas Aquinas that God is “essentially unknowable.” Beneath that statement lies several assumptions: Human intelligence can never capture the essence of who God is. We are incapable of doing so. It makes sense that God loved us so much that… Continue Reading “DEEP DIVES INTO DIVINITY”

EVERYTHING IS LINKED TO EVERYTHING ELSE

I thought about the notion of a Divine Equation during one of my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) while asking myself the series of questions around “If God did use science and mathematics to formulate all reality, then why did he not communicate the reality… Continue Reading “EVERYTHING IS LINKED TO EVERYTHING ELSE”

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”

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