Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Earthy Saint | Lent 38

March 30, 2012

  From Thomas Merton’s great work New Seeds of Contemplation Some men seem to think that a saint cannot possibly take a natural interest in anything created.  They imagine that any form of spontaneity or enjoyment is a sinful gratification … Continue reading

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Listen to your Life | Lent 37

March 29, 2012

  “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of … Continue reading

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A Basic Honesty with Ourselves | Lent 36

March 28, 2012

  “What chance is there of loving and respecting others if I refuse to meet and listen to the many sides of myself? How can I be a reconciler if I shut my ears to the unreconciled conflicts within myself… … Continue reading

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Scared of our Shadows | Lent 35

March 27, 2012

If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become … Continue reading

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Looking for Someone to Blame | Lent 34

March 26, 2012

Are you looking for someone to blame?  Don’t be ashamed.  We all are.  It’s our human history.  Adam blamed Eve.  Eve blamed the serpent.  And we’ve been dodging blame ever since.  We even created an elaborate system of killing animals … Continue reading

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Moving into Truth | Lent 33

March 25, 2012

An excerpt from A Season for the Spirit, by Martin Smith “Dwelling on this thought of letting go, and handing myself over to the Holy Spirit will bring me much closer to the experience of Jesus than the word discipline … Continue reading

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Growing out of our Spiritual Adolescence | Lent 32

March 24, 2012

We live in a largely adolescent world. And it is, in great measure, a pathological adolescence. There is absolutely nothing wrong with (healthy) adolescence, but our cultural resources have been so degraded over the centuries that the majority of humans … Continue reading

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Finding God | Lent 31

March 23, 2012

“The inner self is as secret as God and, like him, it evades every concept that tries to seize hold of it with full possession. It is a life that cannot be held and studied as object, because it not … Continue reading

Nouwen on Inner Chaos | Lent 30

March 22, 2012

“As soon as we are alone…inner chaos opens up in us. This chaos can be so disturbing and so confusing that we can hardly wait to get busy again. Entering a private room and shutting the door, therefore, does not … Continue reading

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Dispossessed Desire | Lent 29

March 21, 2012

An excerpt from Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places + + + Christians are not Buddhists. We do not see desire itself as a problem. Instead we believe that our desires are good, but often misdirected. I met … Continue reading

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