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)

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Cleansing the soul

"Gallarus Oratory was built between the seventh and eight century and is the best preserved early Christian church in Ireland. It represents the apogee of dry-stone corbelling, using techniques first developed by Neolithic tomb-makers. The stones were layed at a slight angle, lower on the outside than the inside to allow water to run off.

"According to local legend, if a person climbs out of the oratory via the window, their soul will be cleansed. This is, however, physically impossible, because the window is approximately 18cm in length and 12cm in width."

Information found here.

Oh! And don't forget to notice the rainbow!

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Thursday, 16 August 2012


This, actually, is what I was taught in Sunday School as a child. (More and more I realize, with gratitude, what an excellent religious formation I had back in the day!)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

You can call it prayer, you can call it meditation; it doesn't matter!

I know I've posted this delightful little video before but I can't remember when or on which blog! So, here you go!

The only comment I would make is that I recommend not closing your eyes completely but, rather, lowering them and, maybe, half closing them. There are reasons for this but that's the subject of another post!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Simple. Profound. Very, very true.

Photograph from Wikimedia Commons 

"No spiritual exercise is as good as that of silence."
— Saint Seraphim of Sarov 

Friday, 3 August 2012

Photo from Wikimedia Commons 

Let's think about this one for a bit:
"People only see what they are prepared to see."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

It will not surprise you, of course, to hear me say that meditation is a key element (if not THE key element) of that preparation.