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make a virtual retreat at Our lady of the Holy spirit monastery

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Think you are all alone and cut off from your Church as you ponder the inscrutable happenings of the COVID 19 virus? There are two ways to look at Church: one is a place where you go to pray, and the second one is… Continue Reading “make a virtual retreat at Our lady of the Holy spirit monastery”

THREE SOURCES OF INSPIRATION

In my quest to seek God daily wherever I am and however I am, my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) jangled my roots with the thought that I m sometimes caught up with the externals of Cistercian practices and charisms (making sure that I pray… Continue Reading “THREE SOURCES OF INSPIRATION”

ON THE ENDURING INFLUENCE OF AIDAN KAVANAUGH, O.S.B.

To a great extent, all of us are, in large part, the result of people we have bumped into during our solitary sojourn down whatever paths life has taken us. People and sometimes events have shaped who we have become and that process continues… Continue Reading “ON THE ENDURING INFLUENCE OF AIDAN KAVANAUGH, O.S.B.”

WHY IS THAT?

I have used the question WHY more in these last five years than in all of my previous time on earth. Why is that? Here are some of my reflections from my Lectio Divina meditations on the Mystery of Faith. Perhaps the WHY question… Continue Reading “WHY IS THAT?”

god’s hall of fame

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Now that football has returned to the television, many commentators give very interesting breakdowns of the game so that neophytes like me can understand the intricacies of the strategy. Just playing the professional game is an accomplishment, but a few rise above this to… Continue Reading “god’s hall of fame”

anticipation

I like the idea of anticipation, meaning I look forward to something happening that has not yet arrived. I bring this up because my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) meditation today presented me with the notion of longing for the courts of the Lord. Rather… Continue Reading “anticipation”

TENACITY AND SINGLEMINDEDNESS

These two words are ones which I have never used together, but yet are quite logical when describing the events in the life of Father Vincent de Paul Merle, O.S.C.O., Trappist missionary to Nova Scotia in the early 1800s. You can read all about… Continue Reading “TENACITY AND SINGLEMINDEDNESS”

SILENCE AND SOLITUDE: iT MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK

In one of my Lectio Divina meditations (Philippians 2:5), the thought presented itself to me that there was a certain depth of meaning which I heretofor had not noticed about silence and solitude. SILENCE – If I use my three universe template to look… Continue Reading “SILENCE AND SOLITUDE: iT MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK”

MUSIC TO LISTEN TO WHEN SITTING ON A PARK BENCH IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER LONGING FOR CHRIST

I love music that elevates and transforms me from self to God. All music does not do that for me. I share what I have found that inspires my contemplative soul. Agnus Dei by Samuel Barber. One such piece is Samuel Barber’s Adagio for… Continue Reading “MUSIC TO LISTEN TO WHEN SITTING ON A PARK BENCH IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER LONGING FOR CHRIST”

THE TRINITY: ARCHETYPE FOR FOREVER

When was the last time you consciously thought about the Trinity? For me, it was at 2:40 AM this morning, when I got up to use the bathroom. Usually, when I try to go back to sleep, I do a mini-Lectio Divina in order… Continue Reading “THE TRINITY: ARCHETYPE FOR FOREVER”

YOU may be ASKING THE WRONG QUESTION?

Wrong questions always lead to wrong answers. Humans differ from other species of animals because we have the ability to reason and also to choose between options of what seems reasonable to us. I have given up watching television news of any kind because… Continue Reading “YOU may be ASKING THE WRONG QUESTION?”

LESSONS AVOIDED

Everyone is upset about what is going on in society. Protestors want meaningful change. Law and Order folks want the Rule of Law and not lawlessness. Let’s not forget that there are consequences, some of which are unintended, with each choice. Here are some… Continue Reading “LESSONS AVOIDED”

EMAIL FROM JESUS

Michael:   Sorry for waking you up at 9:56 pm but you did ask me to help clarify all the confusion and turmoil around you. Before I begin, St. Michael wants me to tell you that he appreciates your thinking of him in your… Continue Reading “EMAIL FROM JESUS”

10 questions about WHAT HEAVEN will BE LIKE?

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This morning, more precisely at 2:34 A.M., I did one of my three or four Lectio Divina meditations, using lasting twenty minutes or more. My Lectio is always Philippians 2:5 and this morning was not an exception. At nearly 80 years of age, my… Continue Reading “10 questions about WHAT HEAVEN will BE LIKE?”

HERE IS A TEMPTATION FROM SATAN YOU MAY NOT SEE COMING

My Lectio Divina never happens in a vacuum. In the process of seeking God in my daily life, where I am and as I am, certain events impact my consciousness and I takes those experiences with me as I try to focus on my… Continue Reading “HERE IS A TEMPTATION FROM SATAN YOU MAY NOT SEE COMING”

THE HAPPINESS OF DOING NOTHING

What follows is a series of thoughts that are the result of one of my recent Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) meditations.I experienced these thoughts while sitting on a park bench in the density of winter, waiting for Christ to come and share His Real… Continue Reading “THE HAPPINESS OF DOING NOTHING”

TEN MISCONCEPTIONS PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT BEING A CATHOLIC

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Recently, a rash of people have commented on some of my writing by saying “That is just your opinion.” Of course, it is who else’s opinion would it be? One of my assumptions in writing these types of reflections is that they do not… Continue Reading “TEN MISCONCEPTIONS PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT BEING A CATHOLIC”

MY new END TIME

Everything has a beginning and an end in the physical and mental universes. We don’t think about that idea much in the midst of a Covid 19 Pandemic. I only bring this up because that was the main thought of my Lectio Divina meditation… Continue Reading “MY new END TIME”

COSMIC RESONANCE: WHY JESUS IS THE MESSIAH?

My latest Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) has taken me to a place that I would never have thought possible, linking Christ as the Messiah and the fulfillment of the Old and New Testaments. The way my thinking progressed, as I sat in silence and… Continue Reading “COSMIC RESONANCE: WHY JESUS IS THE MESSIAH?”

THE CONSEQUENCES OF SEEKING GOD DAILY

Philippians 2:5 is my Lectio Divina mantra. Today, I thought about the consequences of a simple YES or NO to seeking God in daily living. YES is usually seen as an enabling word while NO is usually, but not always, blocking (e.g. NO to… Continue Reading “THE CONSEQUENCES OF SEEKING GOD DAILY”

FOCUS: AT THE NEXUS OF THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN SPIRIT AND FLESH

What follows are some reflections about one of the most difficult expressions of contemplative prayer, one that I never get rid of, one that is with me as long as I traverse the halls of silence and solitude in search of God wherever I… Continue Reading “FOCUS: AT THE NEXUS OF THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN SPIRIT AND FLESH”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US TO LOVE OTHERS AS CHRIST LOVES US?

THE CHRIST IMPERATIVES LISTEN TO ME, FOR I AM MEEK AND HUMBLE OF HEART. Matthew 11:28-30 Thirsty? Drink of the living waters! John 7:37. Hungry? Eat the food that gives eternal life!  John 6:33-38. Bewildered? Believe in the Master! John 3:11-21. Without hope? Be… Continue Reading “WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US TO LOVE OTHERS AS CHRIST LOVES US?”

RELAX!

What follows are my reflections on some ideas that came up during my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5). Here are ten things you don’t need to worry about as you live out your spiritual life. The Church Universal is going to disappear and collapse. If… Continue Reading “RELAX!”

MONOS

What I am experiencing, as I move through the stages of the Coronavirus 19 effects on my personal space, my environment, my relationships, is isolation and the failure of those human structures I have built up to sustain my life on a daily basis.… Continue Reading “MONOS”

WHAT I WILL PACK FOR THE TRIP TO HEAVEN: SPIRITUAL READING

In a recent Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5), the thought of how lucky we are to have Sacred Scriptures presented itself to me. You can’t make this stuff up, with so many people writing about God. One thought, in particular, stood out for me: God… Continue Reading “WHAT I WILL PACK FOR THE TRIP TO HEAVEN: SPIRITUAL READING”

wHERE ARE THOSE OLD WEDDING PICTURES NOW

When is the last time you looked at your wedding pictures, assuming that you are married? This seemingly innocuous statement contains several layers of complexity that I recently explored as I thought about my Lectio Divina center (Philippians 2:5), “have in you the mind… Continue Reading “wHERE ARE THOSE OLD WEDDING PICTURES NOW”

TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE DEVIL

While taking a break from watching movies in my downtime, due to the pandemic, I found myself looking at the titles of movies. What is astonishing is the sheer number of movies out there about demons, the devil, possession, Dracula (although that is a… Continue Reading “TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE DEVIL”

WHY CHRIST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE

Don’t be fooled by the title. I actually want to talk about the sign of contradiction, God becoming human. When I think about it, one of the reasons God did become one of us, with all our frailties and sinfulness, was to tell and… Continue Reading “WHY CHRIST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE”

WE ARE DEFINED BY OUR CHOICES.

One of the characteristics of being human is the need to belong. Another one seems to be the need to be spiritual, and why we must struggle to be spiritual, and why we, of all living beings, have the ability to reason. From the… Continue Reading “WE ARE DEFINED BY OUR CHOICES.”

I SAW AND HEARD JESUS YESTERDAY

Yesterday, at 10:15, Easter Sunday, reliving the Resurrection of Christ, I actually saw Jesus. Calm down! I am not a spiritual zealot. You can see Jesus, too, if you go to this website and click on the live stream triangle for the 10:15 Mass… Continue Reading “I SAW AND HEARD JESUS YESTERDAY”

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