The only thing to remember about prayer is to begin where you are. (Thomas Merton)

Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can't pray a lie - I found that out. (Mark Twain)

If governments knew how subversive contemplative prayer is, they would ban it. (Desmond Tutu)

Pray as you can, not as you can't. (Father Ted King, Dean Emeritus of Cape Town)

So this is how you swim inward. So this is how you flow outwards. So this is how you pray. (Mary Oliver)

Friday, 5 April 2013

Something Merton said

I love this. And I love Merton's allusion to Gerard Manley Hopkins, too.
By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. 
 - Thomas Merton

Monday, 4 March 2013

A great truth

This is not overly "religious" in one sense. In another sense it is profoundly so.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

A question worth pondering

"What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous." 

 ~ Thomas Merton

Monday, 4 February 2013

A wonderful writer explains compassion

I've said before on various online locations how much I value the writings of Frederick Buechner (pronounced beak-ner). I offer the following today:
"Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it's like to live inside somebody else's skin.
"It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too."
Interestingly, this is the same principle as the Bodhisattva ideal in Buddhism.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Wonderfully expressed

What is contemplation?

"Seeing God in everything and everything in God with completely extraordinary clearness and delicacy." 

~ Marie of the Incarnation