Sunday, July 29, 2012

The job of loving

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy." 
-- Fr. Thomas Merton

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Christ Feeding the Multitude

This is a Coptic icon. I found it over on Wikimedia Commons.

Monday, July 16, 2012

About those troubles

A repost that, undoubtedly, is timely for many.

Artist: Vincent van Gogh

Sometimes it's very difficult to counteract the false message of the "prosperity gospel" that is being so widely preached today. As a result, many people "lose their faith" when they are beset by difficulties. I really like the following:
God has not promised to take away our trials, but to help us to change our attitudes toward them. That is what holiness really is. In this life, happiness is rooted in our basic attitude toward reality.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Core contemplative principles

I found the following on facebook:
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?" 
These are excellent questions, I would suggest, to be used by spiritual directors today.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Resurrection - the real deal

I actually met this man about twenty-five years ago. He's the real thing:
"Wherever we bury Jesus, he comes back to life. We can bury him in the Bible or in stained glass windows, in creeds and formulas and the heritage of our own tradition, in movies and plays and music, in our past. We can even bury him in bread and wine. And each time from each place he rises from the dead. He sheds the words and images and walks right on out into the world." 
–Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Something about love

This is actually quite important, I would say:
"The things that we love tell us what we are." 
-- Thomas Aquinas 

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