Category: contemplative prayer

EARLY WRITINGS: The Real Presence

The Real Presence I want to share with you a wonderful resource about the writings of the writers of those in the first few centuries after Christ. I like this because, not only is it our heritage from primary sources, but it bolsters the… Continue Reading “EARLY WRITINGS: The Real Presence”

FRAGMENTS FROM MY LECTIO DIVINA (updated)

Here are some ideas from a broken-down, old Lay Cistercian. uiodg The following is found in what I wrote on Quora.com. Be careful, it is the Mirror of Arisad of the Internet. What is meant by the eternal power of God. The energy of… Continue Reading “FRAGMENTS FROM MY LECTIO DIVINA (updated)”

INTO THE GREAT SILENCE

I watched this as part of my Spiritual Awareness Renewal time. I recommend it to you. Listen, with the ear of your heart.

EARLY WRITINGS: Eusebius

I wanted to share with you what I myself read about the early church. I offer no commentary. https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05617b.htm Introduction. 1. We have discussed in the preceding book those subjects in ecclesiastical history which it was necessary to treat by way of introduction, and have accompanied them with… Continue Reading “EARLY WRITINGS: Eusebius”

MAGISTER NOSTER: What I must learn to fulfill the potential of my human nature.

Erich Fromm, the author of the Art of Loving, introduced me to the concept of learning, one where love is not infused as something we get automatically from being born as a human. We must learn what love is over a lifetime of trial… Continue Reading “MAGISTER NOSTER: What I must learn to fulfill the potential of my human nature.”

NEW YEAR’S THOUGHTS FROM THE EDGE OF TIME

Here are some random thought fragments from the leftovers of my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5). I must admit these are “way out there.” I just relate to what was given to me. The following responses are ones from my Lectio based on esoteric questions… Continue Reading “NEW YEAR’S THOUGHTS FROM THE EDGE OF TIME”

NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTIONS

I have one focus this year, to “have in me the mind of Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 2:5), which allows me to be in the presence of Christ and sit in the stillness of my heart and wait. TEN THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE… Continue Reading “NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTIONS”

THE INCARNATION EVENT: THREE STRINGS THAT SHEPHERD NATURE TOWARDS IT DESTINY

III. THE CORRUPTIBILITY OF CHOICE AND MARTYRDOM OF THE ORDINARY— The effects of Original Sin on three defining behaviors of human nature: sexual urges, the urges of control, and the urges of power. The wages of sin. I hypothesize that there is only one… Continue Reading “THE INCARNATION EVENT: THREE STRINGS THAT SHEPHERD NATURE TOWARDS IT DESTINY”

WAITING ON THE CUSP OF CHRISTMAS

Here are some thoughts from Sirach to light the tree of your life. Responsibilities to Parents* 1Children, listen to me, your father; act accordingly, that you may be safe. 2For the Lord sets a father in honor over his children and confirms a mother’s… Continue Reading “WAITING ON THE CUSP OF CHRISTMAS”

FRAGMENTS FROM MY LECTIO DIVINA: Did you know this about Mary?

Here are some fragmented thoughts about Mary that I would like to share. Praise be 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… Continue Reading “FRAGMENTS FROM MY LECTIO DIVINA: Did you know this about Mary?”

CUSTOS OCULI: The windows to the kingdom of heaven

I can remember watching the monks at St. Meinrad while they filed in for Conventional Mass on Sunday. They had eyes down in the process in and out of the Archabbey Church and also during the Eucharist. I asked my classmate, also a monk,… Continue Reading “CUSTOS OCULI: The windows to the kingdom of heaven”

THE CHRIST PRINCIPLE: THE KEY TO UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FULLY WHAT OUR NATURE INTENDED.

The problem with trying to solve any equation is knowing the formula. Granted that the Divine Equation’s six postulates have been answered correctly, there is still one thing left to do. You must use the correct key, the only one that fits into this… Continue Reading “THE CHRIST PRINCIPLE: THE KEY TO UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FULLY WHAT OUR NATURE INTENDED.”

MY ASSUMPTIONS AS A LAY CISTERCIAN AS I COMMENT ABOUT SPIRITUAL REALITY

Assumptions are like icebergs; what you see, hear, taste, touch, and feel and thus know about the reality around you at any moment always has something deeper involved; in this case, my assumptions that you cannot see unless I share them. Assumptions are like… Continue Reading “MY ASSUMPTIONS AS A LAY CISTERCIAN AS I COMMENT ABOUT SPIRITUAL REALITY”

AN ADVENT REFLECTION: LISTEN TO THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE

Here are some of my favorite readings by Tom O’Bedlam. uiodg

NEW SKINS: Three templates I use for Lectio Divina focus.

On my way to achieving Lectio Divina, I begin with Philippians 2:5 (Have in you the mind of Christ Jesus.) Then, I go to meditation. I have to have templates to help me focus on The Christ Principle now and then. I share with… Continue Reading “NEW SKINS: Three templates I use for Lectio Divina focus.”

CONVERSIO MORAE: It’s complicated!

There are two aspects to my Lay Cistercian life on which I intend to focus until I die. They are: I have assimilated these concepts into my system of contemplative practices to help me approach The Christ Principle in humility and obedience to what… Continue Reading “CONVERSIO MORAE: It’s complicated!”

NEW SKINS: The Incongruity of The Divine Equation

I remember seeing a video of how snakes shed their skins.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmqwcb1fh_0 One of the signs of vitality for humans is making all things new. Animals do it when they shed their skins. Soft shell crabs molt, as do many other creatures, one of which… Continue Reading “NEW SKINS: The Incongruity of The Divine Equation”

HOW TRADITION REFUTES HERESY WITH SACRED SCRIPTURES: Growing deeper.

In the previous blog, I listed some of the references that early Church Fathers wrote defending the Faith against the rampant heresies of individuals who were in error. I took Hippolytus as an example and his writings against a thinker called Noetus. Read this… Continue Reading “HOW TRADITION REFUTES HERESY WITH SACRED SCRIPTURES: Growing deeper.”

CONTEMPLATIVE READING: Growing deeper through the Word.

Reading a phone book (do those still exist?) provides me with information about how to communicate with another person if they are in the phone book. Reading Sacred Scriptures is unlike reading any other book. Because it is God’s Word, authorized through the Church… Continue Reading “CONTEMPLATIVE READING: Growing deeper through the Word.”

THE FAILURE TO REPLACE NEW SKINS: ARE YOU ILLITERATE IN YOUR CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY?

One of the sad commentaries of any time in human history comes when we explore reality around us and find that many people are illiterate in their spirituality, particularly their contemplative spirituality. Can you answer these six questions? Take your time. You have between… Continue Reading “THE FAILURE TO REPLACE NEW SKINS: ARE YOU ILLITERATE IN YOUR CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY?”

NEW SKINS FOR NEW WINE: A DISCUSSION ABOUT OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE TRUTH

In one of my more adventuresome forays into the world of Internet space, I happened to stumble onto a site called Quora.com. Interesting site where people give questions and invite others to answer. There is a wide diversity of questions, but those Atheists question… Continue Reading “NEW SKINS FOR NEW WINE: A DISCUSSION ABOUT OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE TRUTH”

THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF DIVINE NATURE

For nearly fifty years, I have attempted to grapple with the concept of God and where I fit into the Divine Economy. At age 72, I finally reached the age of reason when I became a Lay Cistercian of Our Lady of the Holy… Continue Reading “THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF DIVINE NATURE”

NEW SKINS FOR A BROKEN-DOWN, OLD TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

I won’t say I am an expert in anything except procrastination or forgetting my appointments. My Lectio Divina Reflections on Philippians 2:5 have recently been about the passage in the Scriptures, which speaks of new and old skins. Here it is for your reflection… Continue Reading “NEW SKINS FOR A BROKEN-DOWN, OLD TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”

SCRIPTURAL READING: Sirach

Responsibilities to Parents* 1Children, listen to me, your father; act accordingly, that you may be safe. 2For the Lord sets a father in honor over his children and confirms a mother’s authority over her sons. 3Those who honor their father atone for sins; 4they… Continue Reading “SCRIPTURAL READING: Sirach”

THE POETRY OF NEW PROPHETS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJVBQefNXIw

10 TERRIFIC INSIGHTS INTO CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY I LEARNED FROM WATCHING HARRY POTTER MOVIES

This is probably the last straw for those of you who think I have lost it (I never had it to lose). I love the Harry Potter set of books by J.K. Rowling. What a creative mind and certainly an enchanting look at life… Continue Reading “10 TERRIFIC INSIGHTS INTO CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY I LEARNED FROM WATCHING HARRY POTTER MOVIES”

FRAGMENTS OF LEFT-OVER LECTIO DIVINA MEDITATIONS: Spiritual anarchy

Today’s Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) was about the Devil (it seems the Holy Spirit is on a series of ideas about the Devil). Here are some fragments left over in baskets from my Lectio Divina on Satan. Anarchy, using the Rule of Threes, means:… Continue Reading “FRAGMENTS OF LEFT-OVER LECTIO DIVINA MEDITATIONS: Spiritual anarchy”

IDEAS TO MAKE ALL THINGS NEW

Reading Sacred Scriptures is one of my Lay Cistercian practices that help me grow in my capacity for Christ within me. This happens because the Word of God produces that which it signifies. It is the energy of God that I assimilate into my… Continue Reading “IDEAS TO MAKE ALL THINGS NEW”

READINGS TO LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS

While looking at the nooks and crannies of the website: http://www.newadvent.org, I came across this encyclical that might interest you as much as it did me. Many, most prominently, my wife, tell me I don’t have enough to do. Actually, I like rummaging throughout… Continue Reading “READINGS TO LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS”

OUR CATHOLIC HALL OF FAME: St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Here are some quotes that I use to help me re-center myself on Christ Jesus. http://www.azquotes.com “Pray, hope and don’t worry. Anxiety doesn’t help at all. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer.” ~ Pio of Pietrelcina “Prayer is the best weapon we… Continue Reading “OUR CATHOLIC HALL OF FAME: St. Pio of Pietrelcina”

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