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)

Saturday, 28 April 2012

A candle to pray by

I know I've posted this before but I think it's time for a repeat.



Thursday, 26 April 2012


I'd like to introduce you to a teacher and writer who is new to me. His name is Robert Benson and he is a member of The Friends of Silence & of the Poor, an international prayer community.

Here's something Benson said that I found to be particularly meaningful:
"Perhaps we are afraid that God does not regard us highly enough to speak to us anymore — a rather funny position to take for those who claim to be the children of God. Perhaps we are afraid that God no longer speaks to anyone much anymore or that we can no longer recognize the Voice. It could be that we are afraid that God does still speak and that we will hear and that the God of publicans and sinners and scared and scurrilous will want to make something new in us as well.  
"I am convinced that the Voice that whispered us into being still whispers within us and all creation. I am dead certain of it sometimes, terrified of it at other times, longing for it at all times. The silence that so often seems to overcome me is more likely a matter of my not trusting my own ears than it is a matter of the Voice having gone suddenly, inexplicably silent." 
(Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Monday, 23 April 2012

Something about grace

Something I found today by an author who is new to me:
"You can call grace what you like, categorize it, vivisect it, qualify, quantify, or dismiss it, and none of it will make grace anything other than precisely what grace is: audacious, unwarranted, and unlimited."  
-- Cathleen Falsani in Sin Boldly: A Field Guide to Grace 

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Saturday, 21 April 2012

My apologies

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, dear people. I've been down with a very unpleasant cold and cough.

Be back soon!

Monday, 16 April 2012

To help us take heart

Something not to forget:
"We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew… Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful... and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things."
-- Desmond Tutu

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Living for Oneness

A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air. 
In the fire of creation, 
God doesn't vanish: 
The fire brightens. 
Each creature God made 
must live in its own true nature; 
How could I resist my nature, 
That lives for oneness with God?
Mechtild of Magdeburg, 13th century

(photo from Wikimedia Commons)


Friday, 13 April 2012



A top Vatican cardinal, who has been dubbed "Cardinal Rambo" by the Italian newspapers, has defended his rich collection of rifles and handguns.

"This passion for weapons is long-standing. I used to go to shooting ranges. Unfortunately since I've been at the Vatican I had to stop," Domenico Calcagno, head of the Administration of Vatican Patrimony, told "Il Fatto Quotidiano."

"It's innocent. What I like above all is repairing weapons," he said.

The 68-year-old cardinal owns at least 13 weapons including the famous 357 Magnum made by Smith & Wesson and a Hatsan shotgun. He was also a keen hunter and had several rifles.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

"He made me a holy man!"

This has been making the rounds on the internet the last couple of days. I want to urge you to listen to the end because that's when the big theological and spiritual point is made by the old man.


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The light of your soul

I discovered John O'Donohue during one of my many trips back to Ireland where I once had the delightful privilege of living. It saddens me that I never got to hear him in person before his untimely death. But I have some of his tapes. They are all such an extraordinary celebration of life!

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work
You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those
Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
Possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.

-- John O'Donohue

I love the line, "May you be present in what you do." Clearly the words of a contemplative, a meditator.

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

It's a new day!

Here's a new template for this blog (chosen by our very own MadPriest! Can you tell?) and so I offer the following which has long inspired me:

I will love you more than me and more than yesterday,
if you can but prove to me you are the new day.
Send the sun in time for dawn,
let the birds all hail the morning;
love of life will urge me say,
"You are the new day."
When I lay me down at night knowing we must pay,
thoughts occur that this night might stay yesterday.
Thoughts that we, as humans small,
could slow worlds and end it all
lie around me where they fall, before the new day.
One more day when time is running out for everyone;
like a breath I knew would come
I reach for the new day.
Hope is my philosophy,
just needs days in which to be,
love of life means hope for me
borne on a new day.

- John David