“You shine like the sun,” and now we can truly see it!

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Many mystics and even some ordinary types have seen it, and Thomas Merton wrote perhaps the most famous description of it:"There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”Well, there might actually be a way, now, and the story and video behind it is a must-read, must-watch one-two punch. (H/T New Advent)Take three minutes to watch the video.Your day just got better, right? Right.Related: Over at Black, White and Gray, Mark R … [Read more...]

Get Your Magnificat Year of Faith Companion!

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So in demand is this beautifully-wrought aid for the celebration of the Year of Faith that the thing is in its third printing and on back-order until October.But even if you will not get your copy until late October, after the year is officially "begun", I urge you to order this book. It's inexpensive ($6.95) and at 445 pages, it's absolutely loaded with fine material -- profiles of the holy men and women of the bible, devotions, poems, meditations, reflections on scripture, explanations re … [Read more...]

To be more than mere machine…

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God has all the essential characteristics of what we mean by a "person," in particular conscious awareness, the ability to recognize and the ability to love. In that sense he is someone who can speak and who can listen. That, I think, is what is essential about God. Nature can be marvelous. The starry heaven is stupendous. But my reaction to that remains no more than an impersonal wonder, because that, in the end, means that I am myself no more than a tiny part of an enormous machine. The real … [Read more...]

Remembering Merton

One of my favorite Merton quotes, and NPR's media maven Dick Meyer uses it in his book Why We Hate Us is this one:As long as I assume that the world is something I discover by turning on the radio . . . I am deceived from the start.It may be time for me to put that back up in my header.Merton died 40 years ago today. His biography, The Seven Storey Mountain was an instant classic upon publication in 1948; it remains a must-read for the spiritual pilgrim. In fact, as Fr. Jim Martin, … [Read more...]

Hermit's Bold Blend Coffee! MMMmmm!

September is a big birthday month in this family, and this month everyone got the outstanding, never-to-be equaled Mystic Monk Coffee, except for one brother, who doesn't drink coffee, so I got him the CDAnd of course, while I was ordering gifts, I discovered that the monks have two new blends. The budget wouldn't stretch to try them both this month, so I tried the Hermit's Bold Blend, which I was a little leery of. It sounded very bold, to me.It is - incredible. Rich and smooth and … [Read more...]

Memories of God…

Excerpt from God and the World; A Conversation between Peter Seewald and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.Seewald: Is faith, in principle, always present in man?Ratzinger: So far as we can learn about the history of mankind, through excavations right back into prehistory, we can see that there has always been an idea of God. The Marxists had professed the end of religion. With the end of oppression we would no longer need the medicine of God, we were told. But even they have had to recognize … [Read more...]

Merton: The Seven Storey Mountain

If you've never read the remarkable book The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, you really should consider it. It's not just for Catholics; it is a tremendously readable autobiography of a brilliant man on spiritual sojourn. One of those books you pick up and have difficulty putting down. I quote some of the book - and share how it made me think.Here is a video about Merton and the evolution of the book … [Read more...]

Anniversary of an insight

“I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now that I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” –- Thomas MertonFr. James Martin notes an anniversary....today, March 18, the 50th anniversary of a great epiphany that changed … [Read more...]

To sit by an open window of a quiet Autumn night…

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To sit by an open window of a dark and quiet autumn night and hear in the sounds of distant traffic, the ebb and flow of the ocean (or the rushing water of a stream) is to displace oneself from all that is absolute, solid, identifiable and known, and to seek out the larger space that exists half in-reality and half in-perception. Half in heaven and half on earth.Tonight I sit by a window in a local schoolroom in a landlocked town, and I can hear the sound of the ocean...no, the … [Read more...]

You gad about shining like the sun…

"I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now that I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun." -- Thomas MertonI often think about Thomas Merton and his Fourth and Walnut Epiphany - a moment when he gazed upon his fellow … [Read more...]


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