On Becoming Authentic One's Self

Chapter Talks

For the solemnity of All Saints I referred to Thomas Merton who wrote: “to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore, the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am and discovering my true self” (New Seeds of Contemplation, p.31).  It is interesting that Merton says it is a ‘problem’ to find our true selves!  Evidently, he is implying that the process of finding our true selves is difficult.  To expand more on this, how do we discover our true self?  This self-discovery is a life-time spiritual adventure.   As we discover more and more of our true self, how do we live from that self that is centered in Christ?  If we turn to Jesus, the ‘key’ to finding our true selves lies in this saying: ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake,…will save it’ (Mk 8:34-35).


November 13, 2019 Read More

In Preparation for Lent

Chapter Talks

Next Sunday is Lent. This Sunday’s gospel could well be a good teaching to usher us into Lent.  It reveals Jesus’ remarkable understanding of the human heart and soul.  The gospel contains three periscopes and opens with: ‘Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit’ (Lk 6:39).  We may ponder Jesus’ question with: Who, then, is one who sees?  More specifically, who is one who truly sees his or her neighbor?  And Jesus gives us this reply using a metaphor: ‘Why do you notice the splinter in your brother or sister’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?’ (Lk 6:41).  How do we come to truly see another person?  The key in the parable says that we must first look inwardly at our own heart, at all those quick partial judgments that so quickly rule how we see and how we engage another person.

March 03, 2019 Read More

Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio
Readings of the day: RB 7:49-50Mass: 2 P 1:2-7; Resp Ps 91; Mk 12:1-12

I am struck by two passages today. The first comes from the second Letter of St Peter and is fairly straightforward: Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endur
June 04, 2018 Read More

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Daily Lectio
Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo (1538-1606)
Readings of the day: RB 43:13-19Mass: Jr 20:10-13; Resp Ps 18; Jn 10:31-42 Prophet Jeremiah, MichelangeloThe Lord is with me like a mighty champion.(Jr 20:11)
In the New American Bible, today’s first reading is in a section entitled: ‘Jeremiah’s Interior Crisis.’ On the prophet’
March 23, 2018 Read More

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Daily Lectio
Readings of the day: RB 37 Care for the Elderly and the YoungMass: Ws 2:1a, 12-22; Resp Ps 34; Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

The wicked said among themselvesLet us beset the just onehe is obnoxioushe is the censure of our thoughtsto see him is a hardshiphis
March 16, 2018 Read More
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