Listening to the Divine Voice

Chapter Talks


Last week I talked about ‘listening’ in the Rule of St. Benedict, specifically verse 1 of the Prologue, ‘listening with the ear of the heart’.  I talked about its multi-layered dimensions:  that ‘listening with the ear of the heart’ is not just a surface level of hearing.  It goes far deeper; it involves emptiness, surrender so that the hea

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June 09, 2015 Read More

Inclining the Ear of Your Heart

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This morning I like to speak about ‘listening’, by turning to the commentary and reflections of Sr. Aquinata Bockmann on the first verse of the Prologue of the Rule.  Sr. Aquinata in her latest book, A Listening Community, emphasizes the importance of the Prologue because it points out the “basic attitudes” that are to be cultivated and developed for anyone

June 01, 2015 Read More

Vistiation: A Chance to build up the Body of Christ with the Coming of the Holy Spirit

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 This coming week we will have our Visitation with Abbot Joseph of Snowmass.  What preparation do we need, individually and as a community, to receive God’s gift, a gift given through the Spirit?  Like Mary’s Annunciation, like Mary’s Visitation with Elizabeth, the Spirit hovers over our lives ready, with our cooperation,

May 23, 2015 Read More

The Self Emptying of God

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‘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

May 15, 2015 Read More

Holy Thursday

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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.

May 15, 2015 Read More
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