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Each year at this time I try to give renewed contemplation to the theme of *Thanksgiving. Because my experience in life has led me to appreciate the deep significance of gratitude and its expression, I try to dive into this theme and emerge with a perspective somewhat different from previous years. This year there have been [...]
Grace is the outpouring of God’s unconditional love, literally without conditions, which is to say without requirements and without limits. Beyond welcoming and accepting it, there is nothing anyone must do or not do, or believe or not believe, or profess or not profess to receive it. It is as universal as the sun, moon, and [...]
- Such a lovely perspective, Chuck. Isn't it a remar... - Nov. 30. 2013.
- Dear Valerie, Karina, Steve, and Dave, My thanks... - Nov. 29. 2013.
- Steve and Dave, so warmly shared. Chuck, thank you... - Nov. 29. 2013.
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Love and Wisdom dwell in eternal embrace, their will expanding into the creative power of meaning, conceives the perfection of their beloved Son. Continually growing within the womb of earth, He stretches out the infinite folds of the curtain of heaven, as ”that which is and was and is to come”.
Heaven’s eternal Light, reflecting upon the infinite foundation of earth, reveals the timeless face of Wisdom as the mother of God’s truest meaning. Her light ascending upon the Spirit of truth, rises into the pillars of heaven, knitting together the matrix of Light that blossoms into her unfolding Child.
Above the Mother and Child in time, and yet held within their own loving embrace, dwells the eternal Father of Lights, who alone remains as the One invisible whole that is a reflection of no other part, the very first stillness by whose motion is formed everything out of nothing.
“A certain brother went to Abba Moses in Screte, and asked him for a good word. And the elder said to him: Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.”
Wisdom of the Desert, by Thomas Merton
First, let me say thank you Chuck for your personal message this morning which gave me a kick start. I’ve been depressed since mid-June. But, rather than talk about me, I would rather attempt to be more encouraging. Here’s a little statement from Daniel 4: 34 Amplified: And at the end of the days , [...]
Dear Friends, Father Keating is a Trappist monk and priest, one of the three founders of Contemplative Outreach, a past president of the Temple of Understanding, and a pretty nice guy according to friends who have actually met him. The Ultimate Reality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDgJp822aR4 This video offers his commentary on the significance of the contemplative practice [...]
Such a lovely perspective, Chuck. Isn’t it a remarkable paradox in life that, sometimes, the most meaningful moments in life come in those moments of suffering and loss? The Lord is gracious to fill us in surprising ways when we may least expect it. I’m touched by this: “I more deeply appreciate an intricate harmony [...]
Dear Valerie, Karina, Steve, and Dave, My thanks to each of you for your comments. Rather than follow my usual practice of replying to each of you individually, I feel moved to make some further comments on what this year has been like for me. I’m sure you will each find some further resonance with [...]
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