Had to have our cat, Inky, put to sleep. It happened unexpectly and
suddenly. Rather sad.
I am retired now, a full-time writer. I still actively do retreats. I love the works of Thomas Merton and my new book, "Spiritual Journaling -God's Whispers in Daily Living" is available on Kindle and Amazon. http://amzn.to/qQz6Ng
"The blue elm tree near at hand and the light blue hills in the distance: the red bare clay where I am supposed to plant some shade trees: these are before me as I sit in the sun for a free half hour between spiritual direction and work. Today,as I sit in the sun, big blue and purple fish swim past me in thedarkness of my empty mind, this sea which opens within me as soon as I close my eyes. Delightful darkness, delightful sun, shining on a world which, for all I care, has already ended.
"The job of being a success in a competitive society leaves one no time for compassion." (Merton, Disputed Questions, p.200)
Thanks to Don Brennan for this:
There is a certain joy and peace in daily contemplation. Drawing near
to God means, of course, pulling away from all that is not of God.
When the treasure is found are we not willing to leave the junk
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I use a Sidekick2 for most of my postings but now a flutter of activity about the coming HTC Hermes, HTC Tornado, or whatever. Yes, I could use MP3 on my sidekick, a better camera, fast downloads, music.
Does anyone know where this Merton quote comes from?
"The reality that is present to us and in us; call it being…, silence.
And the simple fact that by being attentive, by learning to listen (or
recovering the natural capacity to listen), we can find ourselves
engulfed in such happiness, that it cannot be explained: the happiness
of being at one with everything in that hidden ground of love for which
there can be no explanations…. may we all grow in grace and peace, and
not neglect the silence that is printed in the centre of our being. It
will not fail us."
It is still dark outside. I can't sleep. I continue reading Robert
Benson's A GOOD LIFE. He says, "it seems to me thar all too often we all
too easily make our prayer about ourselves, and ourselves alone. It is
tempting to become the center of our own universe, and to expect God to
drop by our timetable and to address our concerns on demand." How true
We walk the labyrinth. Go into a prayer room and sense God's presence. A
prayer: "Lord Jesus, please come and heal my wounded and troubled
heart," says the prayer book. In the labyrinth is a time of renewal, of
"In a world that keeps asking us to go higher and faster, how do we
begin to go deeper, into the place where God lives and moves and has his
being with us?" (Robert Benson"
It is sunny here. It has not rained in 114 days. My host wears a shirt
that says, "Not all who wander are lost." I am reading a book of there's
by Robert Benson, A Good Life-Benedict's Guide to Everyday Joy. Robert
Benson once led a retreat for a small group of 12 of us who have met
monthly for over a decade. We had been studying, Living Prayer, his book
on prayer that I consider the best book on prayer I have ever read. We
had a huge "Bill GrimK breakfast prepared by our host. In a few minutes
we are going sightseeing.
We sit in the Nashville airport waiting. The lines are long, the plane
is 25 minutes late. An overweight man with blue work shirt walks around
with his head in the air looking at schedules. I read email, an
advertisement for drugs, and an email from the author of The Master of
the Jinn by Irving Karchman. The book looks interesting.
This trip is an interlude, hopefully it is a time for renewal and
refreshment. I have brought two books to read: Walk in a Relaxed Manner
by Joyce Rupp and The Way of the Traveler by Joseph Dispenza. Stay
tuned! 3:14 pm Nashville TN
Check out the article on Father Matthew Kelty in Bryan's Blog.
As I prepare for a trip to Phoenix tomorrow, my huge 16 pound black cat, Inky, moans at the door to get outside in the darkness, while the phone rings and we talk of a major sickness with Janet's first cousin in a hospital nearby.
"My Lord and my God, take from me everything
A little over a year ago, a generous friend bought me A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals. A Year with…Merton has proven to be a great
I read Psalm 9 and titled it "A Celebration - God as Refuge."