Monthly Archives: January 2012

In-Sight: Confessions of an “Old Buck”

When I was in seminary more than 40 years ago, I can remember times we’d sit in the student lounge drinking coffee and lamenting the mistakes our ecclesial leaders were making.  We were the “young bucks,” and we were convinced … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: Love is the Container

A hermit was asked, “How is it that some struggle in their religious life, but do not receive grace like their predecessors?”  He replied, “Because then love was the rule, and each one drew his neighbor upward.  Now love is … Continue reading

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Listenings: Gathering Everything Together

With today’s post, we come to the end of the substance of Evelyn Underhill’s book, The Spiritual Life.  She has a final section of questions and answers that we will explore, but the essence of our examination of the spiritual … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: January 29, 2012 (Year B)

Read:  Mark 1:21-28 Meditation:  “Seeing Is Not Always Believing” There was a time in my life when I thought that if I could just “present Jesus” well enough, something would click in the audience, and people would flock to him.  … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Rule: Space for Holy Silence

Chapter 52 of the Rule deals with the creation and maintenance of sacred, silent space in the monastery.  The Oratory corresponds most closely to what we today call the Sanctuary. The Oratory was to be a place where monks could … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: Meditative Prayer (2)

At the Canterbury retreat on Meditative Prayer, we established our working definition of it, based upon Richard Foster’s book, Sanctuary of the Soul—“meditative prayer is inclining our heart unto the Lord, with the intention of enacting what we hear, so … Continue reading

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In-Sight: Off the Rails

Jesus said there would be times when the children of this world would be wiser than the children of light (Luke 16:8).  I have come to believe this is the case with respect to busyness, stress, activism, and overload. I … Continue reading

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