Quote for the Day

To give a love, you gotta live a love. To live a love, you gotta be "part of." — Neil Young, "A Man Needs a Maid" from Harvest … [Read more...]

The Advent Conspiracy

This makes so much sense on so many levels...Advent is the great lost season of the liturgical year, lost in a swirl of concerts, parties, and yes, shopping. And I'm as caught up in it as anybody. But it is meant to be a time for contemplation — for "waiting" on the coming of the Lord!So join the Advent Conspiracy — if your entire church isn't involved, you can still be a "lone conspirator." Slow down. Pray. Be mindful of how you spend your time in this holy season. And give just a few les … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

St. Paul says that the real sign that God the Giver of Life has been received into our souls will be joy and peace; joy, the spirit of selfless delight; peace, the spirit of tranquil acceptance; the very character of the beatitude of Heaven, given here and now in our grubby little souls, provided only that they are loving little souls. If, in spite of all conflicts, weakness, sufferings, sins, we open our door, the spirit is poured out within us and the first mark of its presence is not an … [Read more...]

Humility and Love

I had a chat with my friend Paco yesterday. Paco is a Lay Cistercian and shares my love of the contemplative life. He was my "angel" (my mentor/ "big brother") during my novitiate as a Lay Cistercian, so we've become pretty good friends. I asked Paco to read the unedited manuscript of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and he stopped by my office yesterday to tell me he had finished it. His main criticism of the book is that he felt I did not stress humility enough. "You mention it," he said, … [Read more...]

Prayerfulness — and further thoughts on “Tame” and “Wild” Spirituality

Yesterday I finished Prayerfulness. My copy of the book came from Amazon.com; I get books from them as part of their reviewer program, so I owed them a review on it. This is what I wrote: Robert J. Wicks writes in the tradition of Joseph Schmidt's classic, Praying Our Experiences: An Invitation to Open Our Lives to God -- in other words, Prayerfulness is a thoughtful, grounded, and warm invitation to expand our concept of what prayer is and the role it plays in the ordinary moments of our lives. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The hound that runs after the hare only because he sees the other hounds running will rest when he is tired, or go home again. But if he runs because he’s seen the hare, he won’t stop, however tired he gets, until he has caught it. — Walter Hilton, The Stairway of Perfection … [Read more...]

Lectio Divina as a tool for… creating an Action Plan?!?

I nicked the following graphic from the Paulist Press website, where they are promoting their new Catholic Prayer Bible: Lectio Divina Edition. It's coming out in a couple of months; and when I first heard about it, I was excited at the concept: a Bible designed to support the practice of lectio divina. Wow. I was looking forward not only to acquiring my own copy, but to selling it through the store where I work.But then I saw this graphic, and my anticipation turned to dismay. Look at it … [Read more...]