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Category Archive for 'Liturgical Life'

Belovedness

I’m not much for computer games these days, but in my younger years I enjoyed a few of them. My best one was Sid Meier’s Civilization, a game where you could start from scratch with a group of settlers and explore and settle the world.  You decided what technology to pursue, what religion to pursue, […]

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Bless My Enemies, O Lord

Enemies have driven me into your embrace more than friends have. Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world. Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer […]

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Lent Revisited

  Forgive the satirical cartoon – I kind of liked it. As tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, it seems that a Monk site ought to have a post about Lent.  Do we observe it or not?  If so, in what way? Like all ascetic practices, fasting, a traditional part of celebrating (yes, celebrating) the days leading […]

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If ever there was a time to rejoice in the Mysteries of our faith, surely Advent is it.  It is the time we remember Heaven invading Earth in the ultimate stealth move – the Lord of All, the King of kings entering time and space in an offensive move to deliver a death blow to […]

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I’ve been ill the last few days, and starting to find my rhythm again. The Daily Office, or Praying the Hours is my anchor in this.  These times set apart to God are the stalwart stones around which the rest of my life flows. The nature of how I spend these times has altered over […]

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  More basic contemplation resources are Centering Prayer and some tools from Ignatian Spirituality.  A brief description of each is below, but clicking the links above will get you more infomation.

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Having been over two years on a contemplative path, there are certain resources I would strongly recommend to others who want to learn to seek our Creator in silence. Above all, remember that the purpose of spending time in contemplation or meditation is not about perfecting any given technique, but is to set time aside […]

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Meditation and contemplation are extremely counter-culture (often even counter-church culture) activities requiring persistence over time to become adept, but yield great rewards. One monk described it as ‘wasting time with God’. Protestant evangelicals can have a particularly difficult time giving themselves permission to be still before the Lord. But what can be more important than […]

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Motivated by LOVE

I heave a sigh of relief as many ‘demands’ on my time, mostly self-inflicted, are now complete. I almost didn’t have time for that sigh. When one or two of said demands were still just ‘almost’ done, I very nearly committed myself, or committed TO myself, to begin a new track, a new thing – […]

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Walking in the Holy Hush of Snow

Today I walked in snow so thick the mountains are invisible. A holy hush filled the air as I walked through water.  Against the backdrop of old pines, individual and clumps of snowflakes were distinct.  Where they had already gathered to some depth, they were still clear as they danced within a foot of me, […]

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