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Christ Born in Us

Incarnation Christ Born in Us Friday, December 25, 2020 Christmas Day What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as one, received not in essence but by participation. Just as if you lit a flame from a flame, it is the whole flame you receive. —Symeon the New Theologian Symeon the New Theologian (949‒1022) was… Continue Reading Christ Born in Us

Giving Away Every Gift

Self-Emptying Giving Away Every Gift Monday, December 14, 2020 A focus on self-emptying or “letting go” might seem like a call to self-denial or “making do with less,” but as Cynthia Bourgeault points out in her description of Jesus’ teaching, it can also lead to radical generosity and abundance. When we cling to less—of our… Continue Reading Giving Away Every Gift

Everything Matters

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two Everything Matters Thursday, October 29, 2020 Only the Divine matters, And because the Divine matters, Everything matters.                                                              … Continue Reading Everything Matters

An Interspiritual Guide

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two An Interspiritual Guide Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Our true nature is stillness, The Source from which we come. . . . . The deep listening of pure contemplation Is the path to stillness. All words disappear into It, And all creation awakens to the delight of Just Being.… Continue Reading An Interspiritual Guide

Falling Away from I AM

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two Falling Away from I AM Tuesday, October 27, 2020 To be nothing Is to consent to being a simple creature. This is the place of encounter with “I AM that I Am.” When there is no more “me, myself, or mine,” Only “I AM” remains. Then the “I”… Continue Reading Falling Away from I AM

A Silent Love

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two A Silent Love Monday, October 26, 2020 Nowhere is my destination. And no one is my identity. My daily bread is powerlessness. Temptations can be overwhelming. Gone is every hope of help. An abyss opens up within me. I am falling, falling, Plunging into non-existence. Is this annihilation?… Continue Reading A Silent Love

The Dark Nights

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One The Dark Nights Thursday, October 22, 2020 His silence is a kiss, His presence an embrace. But now he is fading, fading. And I am alone . . . —Thomas Keating, “Loneliness in the Night” I don’t think anyone can get to my (Richard’s) age without deeply empathizing… Continue Reading The Dark Nights

The Secret Embrace

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One The Secret Embrace Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Before being born into the world of time, The silence of pre-existence was all absorbing. The transition from eternity to time Is full of sufferings, fears, and little deaths. But, in the transition from death To eternal life, The silence of… Continue Reading The Secret Embrace

The Sound of Silence

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One The Sound of Silence Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The silence of the Creator is thunderous, Drowning out everything else, And hiding in endless creativity. —Thomas Keating, “Out of a Stone” One of Thomas Keating’s greatest legacies will surely be his development and teaching of Centering Prayer, a Christian… Continue Reading The Sound of Silence

A Poetic Legacy

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One A Poetic Legacy Monday, October 19, 2020 Can the Creator of all lure poetry out of a stone? Or cause a stirring of Divine Love in a human heart? All is possible for the Creator of all, Who loves to manifest the impossible In endless configurations. —Thomas Keating,… Continue Reading A Poetic Legacy

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