‘Kenosis’ – Why would I begin my Chapter Talk on this Sixth Sunday of Easter with this word and image? I have been reading an essay in the periodical Spiritus where the author is referring
to the work of the Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas. In this essay the author is saying that Levinas describes ‘kenosis’ as the “humility of greatness” and this is f
Jesus is the focus of these holy days…his final days: the One who was…the One who is…the One who is to be…who is to be more in each of our lives. The prayer, the rituals, the liturgy will
bring us not just a remembrance, but a new, living encounter, “an encounter with God’s love” to use the words of Pope Francis (The Joy of the Gospel, p.4). And this encounter, if we meet it
in faith, will liberate us from our narrowness (p.4) into a heart more expansive in mercy, love and forgiveness.
St. Benedict says that “The life of a monastic ought to be a continuous Lent” (Chapter 49:1) not just during the season of Lent. What do you think he means by
this? Is his main focus on outer practices such as fasting, rising very early, extra prayer and so on or is it something else?
“I would say that the subject who says ‘Here I am’ bears witness to the Infinite. It is this witness, whose truth is neither representational nor perceptual, that produces the revelation of
the Infinite. It is through this witness that the very glory of the Infinite glorifies itself” (Born From the
The Fourth Sunday of Advent 2014 On this fourth Sunday of
Advent we are given the gospel of the Annunciation. With this amazing story we are invited into the ‘horizon’ of Mary’s experience. Mary’s horizon of experience was dramatically changed
through her encounter with the angel, the messenger of God, and this encounter of hers now lingers in our present horizon of experience