The Choices We Make Determine Who We Are

Drawing by St. John of the Cross

This morning I was reading St. John of the Cross, and came across this passage.An act of virtue produces and fosters in the soul mildness, peace, comfort, light, purity, and strength, just as an inordinate appetite brings about torment, fatigue, weariness, blindness, and weakness. Through the practice of one virtue all the virtues grow, and similarly, through an increase of one vice, all the vices and their effects grow.—John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, I.10.5 from The C … [Read more...]

To love many things…

The other day my co-worker, Robin, with whom I carpool, and I had a deep and philosophical conversation... about the weather."This is such a great time of year," I enthused, about September in Georgia. "Cool in the mornings, and yet still plenty of warmth in the afternoons." She nodded, as I went on, "You get a chance to both cool down and thaw out.""I agree, Carl, I love this time of year." She thought for a moment, and then added, "but I love every time of the year." We both … [Read more...]

Embracing Contemplative Depth (on God’s Terms)

A reader writes (and I quote him with his permission): You seem very knowledgeable and deep and compassionate all at the same time.  I sense a depth to you that is rather rare. How do I go about getting to that point (if it is God's will)?I am already doing the Daily Office but I want to be more contemplative.  Perhaps I already am but I don't think I have the proper tools (I think about things a lot but I feel that contemplation is much more than just thinking about things).  I looked at the C … [Read more...]


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