Tag Archives: contemplation

It cannot be learned or taught

I remember when I used to look for all I could read about meditation. Imagine writing a book about Zen. Zen seems to be the antithesis of definition. When this quote came in today’s mail, it struck a chord with … Continue reading

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Holy Peace

I took this picture as I was walking up the trail to Holy Peace Chapel at Mt. Irenaeus this morning. It was a beautiful morning and one of the nicest of the summer. Today’s readings were very meaningful for me. … Continue reading

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Waiting to hear

This is another good thought from Thomas Merton. Contemplation is essentially a listening in silence, an expectancy… In other words, the true contemplative is not the one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects … Continue reading

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Illusion

This came in today’s mail from the Merton Institute and there is a profound truth here. All we are with all our noise, war mongering, power struggles, ego drives are illusion. Those who love their own noise are impatient of … Continue reading

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As they are

This week has been a week of seeing in a new way. Since Fr. Lou’s homily on Sunday I’ve been looking at how and what I look at and seeing it a new or nuanced way. This has been a … Continue reading

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Hosea

I will lead you into the desert, and there I will speak to your heart. Hosea 2:14 Campaign 2008 and the news media in general have driven me into the desert. I’m really blessed because the onslaught of media both … Continue reading

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I’m going to listen

What is Lent? Today I got up at 5:30 am and headed for the gym. It was raining hard. As I ran I could hear the rain beating on the roof of the gymnasium and I was reminded of Thomas … Continue reading

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