Naming

6 years ago with 14 comments
Jesus turned to her and said, “Mary”. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” What is lonelier than not being seen, not being known? It is said that the Holy Spirit is the look of love that passes between the Father and the Son. Think of the look of love: think of how unafraid it is, how it sees every bit of us, and delights in what it sees. Think of the certainty ...

Journal: Grace Does Not Destroy Nature

7 years ago with 21 comments
On Sundays, I usually replace normal prayer time with spiritual reading. It’s a bit more relaxed (as befits a Sunday), I can have coffee and cigarettes while I do it (I don’t think Jesus minds), and it’s always wonderfully worthwhile. Lately I have been reading Frank Sheed’s Theology and Sanity, and keeping a Bible and my journal nearby. Last Sunday’s session ...

Beginning To Pray

7 years ago with 6 comments
I want to give you some words from the best spiritual book of any kind I have ever read. I keep trying to say something beforehand as an introduction, so you will know how good it is, but the best way is probably to just give you some passages. It is called Beginning to Pray, by Anthony Bloom. ★ As long as we ourselves are real, as long as we are truly ourselves, God can be present and ...

Soil and Seed, Flower and Fruit

7 years ago with 10 comments
So there I was, sitting in Adoration. Every particle of my being seemed to be bathed in glory and resonating with — okay, so actually, I was going over sparring techniques in my head, while grooving slightly to the Paul Simon1 playing on my interior soundtrack. Because that’s how it usually goes. And certainly, much or all of this is my fault. I could be stricter with myself, I ...