The Interior Space of Advent

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“O dark dark dark…I said to my soul be still and let the dark come upon you, which shall be the darkness of God” (“East Coker”).  As we reflect on these poetic and familiar words of T.S. Eliot I am sure they conjure up many things for each of us.  As we begin Advent, could we pray the grace to let the darkness come

November 27, 2016 Read More

A Sacred Pause to Listen

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The poet David Whyte has a book on ‘words’.  He takes a word, presumably a word that has evoked something within him, and he writes a poetic prose reflection.  It is as though he is doing lectio divina on each word that he reflects on.  For example, here is how he begins his reflection on the word ‘confession’: Confession “is a stripping away of protection, the telling of a truth which might once have seemed like a humiliation, become suddenly a gateway, an entrance to solid ground;

September 18, 2016 Read More

With the Eyes of Christ

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How does Jesus see?  How do we see?  In an essay titled, Person to Person: Becoming Present by Barbara Newman she writes: “I do not think we can see with God’s eyes until, at least once, we have had the experience of being seen with them.  If we are lucky, that happens in ordin

August 28, 2016 Read More

Tools of Good Works

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How do we build up community?  How do we build up this body of Christ that we form?  The body of Christ: this body of love, this body of forgiveness, this body of mercy…is this not what Jesus incarnated and now expects us to do the same?  How do we build up this community?  I ask this of myself and I ask it of each of you.  The ‘body of Christ’ that we are proclaims our oneness in living and embodying the gospel way.  And it means in the words of Bernard Lee, SM: that “we are

August 11, 2016 Read More

On Trinitarian Life

Chapter Talks


Today, Holy Trinity Sunday, bringing before us the all-encompassing mystery of God, a mystery that lives and sustains our world, humanity and creation.  Last week for Pentecost Sunday I mentioned that one obstacle of the journey into the inner world, an obstacle which we all face, is that we can get too self-preoccupied, too caught up in ourselves…and still, with this happening as it will, it is essential to go dee

May 27, 2016 Read More
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