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)

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Saturday, 28 July 2012

The reality of heaven and hell

This is undoubtedly one of the best things Fr. Richard Rohr has ever said:

‎"You don't go to heaven, you become heaven. You don't go to hell, you become hell. And it's happening now."

 -- Richard Rohr 

 (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The importance of imagination

"This is a very good point indeed:
"…slight shifts in imagination have more impact on living than major efforts at change."
-- Thomas Moore (from Care of the Soul) 
(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, 16 July 2012

Scaling another mountain

I was very influenced by Elizabeth O'Connor during the period in which I was attempting to discern whether or not to enter the religious life. Here's something quite wonderful that she said:
"Every single one of us has a good work to do in life. This good work not only accomplishes something needed in the world, but completes something in us. When it is finished, a new work emerges that will help make green a desert place as well as scale another mountain inside ourselves."
I don't think by "good work to do in life" she means anything particularly grand as the world would evaluate such work. It can be very hidden indeed or really quite simple. Nevertheless, that good work is something that is truly needed and something that helps us grow interiorly as well.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons 

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Knowing God better

Here is one of the Spiritual Practices of the Day from the Spirituality and Practice website.
"Every human pleasure is meant to be a stepping-stone to knowing God better or to discovering some new aspect of God." 
— Thomas Keating in The Human Condition
To Practice This Thought: Acknowledge God's activity in that very moment whenever you are feeling happy. 
This is really a wonderful commitment to make and will go a long way both to alleviating whatever suffering we are prone to as well as being an act of compassion and witness to God's presence in the midst of others.

Monday, 2 July 2012

This floating world

Here's something from the Spirituality and Practice website that I think is utterly, utterly beautiful:

"Oh, that my monk's robes were wide enough to gather up all the people in this floating world."

To Practice This Thought: Meditate on this image and find a way to extend your compassion to those in need in our world.

(Image from Wikimedia Commons)