Our True Identity and Prayer

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I have been reading Bonnie Thurston’s book, Shaped By the End You Live For. She quotes material from Thomas Merton that I have not read before and you will hear more of these pithy texts in a moment. I like to return to the ‘false self – true self’ dynamic that was important to Merton’s journey and to his understanding of monastic, contemplative life. Recalling our brief discussion several weeks ago I chose not to use the word ‘dichotomy’ in terms of the false self-true self relationship, so as not to give the sense that there is a split between these two realities.

May 10, 2020 Read More

Prayer, Itself, is Obedience

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I begin with these words of Thomas Merton: “Prayer itself is obedience. Our deepest obedience takes place when we pray. Prayer is an act of surrender; it is essentially an act of surrender to God’s love” (quoted in: Shaped By the End You Live For, Bonnie Thurston, p.73). These words of Merton were written at the end of his life and should give us great pause for reflection. What does it mean that ‘our deepest obedience’ happens when we pray’?

May 03, 2020 Read More

A Monastic Day of Prayer at St Agnes Parish

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On Saturday, April 27, Sisters Claire, Karen, and Gertrude were gifted with the opportunity to lead a Monastic Day of Prayer at the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center, a ministry of St Agnes Church, San Francisco.

May 02, 2019 Read More

Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro (1891-1927); Pope Saint Clement I (fourth Bishop of Rome after Peter, Linus, and Cletus; end of 1st century); Saint Columbanus (540-615)

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Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 44 The Reconciliation of Those Excommunicated
Mass: Rev 10:8-11; Resp Ps 119; Lk 19:45-48


My house shall be a house of prayer.
As we approach the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and the end of the liturgical year, we have plenty to pray

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November 23, 2018 Read More

Saint Paul of the Cross (1694-1775); Blessed Virgin Mary

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Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 16 The Hours of the Work of God During the Day
Mass: Ep 1:15-23; Resp Ps 8; Lk 12:8-12


Everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.

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