Contemplatives and ascetics of every age and every religion have always sought God in the silence and solitude of deserts, forests and mountains. Jesus himself lived for forty days in complete solitude, spending long hours in intimate converse with the Father in the silence of the night.
Life is both storm and calm, and the challenge of living is how to use the calm to endure the storm, not bypass it. It is important to note that the only true place of calm in the storm is the very center. So the only thing to do, once in the storm, is to make our way to the center of it, hard as that might seem. Continue reading
If you cannot go into the desert, you must nonetheless ‘make some desert’ in your life, every now and then leaving men and looking for solitude to restore, in prolonged silence and prayer, the stuff of your soul. This is the meaning of ‘desert’ in your spiritual life. Continue reading
At first this silence had seemed a deprivation, a symbol of an unwanted isolation. I had resented the solitude of my life and fought it. But gradually the enveloping quiet became a positive element, almost a presence, which settled comfortably and caressingly around Continue reading
It is usually over time and with patience that we come to see the wonderful patterns of grace, which is why it takes most of us a long time to be converted. Our focus slowly moves from an initial preoccupation with perfect actions (“first half of life” issues), to naked presence itself. The code word for that is simply “prayer,” but it became cheapened by misuse. Continue reading
Show me an image
of the invisible God.
Show me the first born of all creatures.
Show me how to see
everything in Him, Continue reading
What if this was the moment in which you recognized your infinite and glorious magnificence?
The radiant light of your very soul.
What if today was the day that you stopped all longing for what is past help and past grief? Continue reading
I don’t understand the physics of this, but it is said that the reason a bird sitting on a hot wire does not get electrocuted is quite simply because it does not touch the ground to give the electricity a pathway. That is what the Welcoming Prayer is doing, and that is what I am asking you to do. Stay like a bird, Continue reading
If you have one hour of air
and many hours to go,
you must breathe slowly. Continue reading
It doesn’t interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
abandoned. Continue reading
“… Move beyond any attachment to names.” Every war
and every conflict between human beings has happened because
of some disagreement about Continue reading
Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down, Continue reading
The early Celts had an affinity for the spirit world. Gifted with imagination, they found the threshold between this and the unseen world easy to cross. They used to say that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, and that in the thin places the distance is even smaller! The term ‘thin places’ can put words on our own experiences of being drawn beyond ourselves into awesome yet kindly Mystery. Continue reading