Incomplete Thoughts on Secrecy and Silence (Mostly Reminders for Myself)

We don’t have many secrets these days nor do we keep them, our own or others.  We should. Secrecy is a spiritual discipline, a key companion to humility and truth telling and prayer.  Jesus kept secrets and taught his disciples to do the same.  Matthew 6:1-21 concerns the keeping of secrets, the doing of things in secret.  Prayer, fasting, alms should all be secret more often than not.  The kind of wealth we accumulate should be the kind that can be kept secret (there is no room for status symbol … [Read more...]

Noise Fast

So much of our life is filled with noise from the radio to our televisions.  Today try to spend as much time as possible in silence.  Use ear plugs of noise cancelling headphones if you need to.  Do as much you can to give your mind and ears a rest from noise.  What do you hear in the silence? … [Read more...]

Lamenting the Unspeakable

The shootings in Colorado, call us again to face what we can only call the Unspeakable.  To name it gives it shape, to fight it definition, when in fact we are up against the borders of being--the abyss that eats away at the Good creation God has given.  Our only response can be the response of our ancestors in the faith--to lament.  In lament we mourn, we do not answer, we do not reason, we do not try to make sense of what is senseless--seeking some motive that might give a twisted rationality t … [Read more...]


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