Friday, September 14, 2018

Walking out of a door into the fresh air

 "It is simply opening yourself to receive. The presence of God is like walking out of a door into the fresh air. You don't concentrate on the fresh air, you breathe it. And you don't concentrate on the sunlight, you just enjoy it. It is all around."
- From a lecture by Thomas Merton, to the monks at Gethsemani

Thursday, September 6, 2018

all good Catholics, even the Pope

we are sinners

From Pope Francis' homily, September 6, 2018. From Vatican News HERE.
“There are people who go through life talking about others, accusing others and never thinking of their own sins. And when I go to make my confession, how do I confess? Like a parrot? ‘Bla, bla, bla… I did this, this…’ But are you touched at heart by what you have done? Many times, no. You go there to put on make-up, to make-yourself up a little bit in order to look beautiful. But it hasn’t entered completely into your heart, because you haven’t left room, because you are not capable of accusing yourself.”

And so that first step is also a grace: the grace of learning to accuse oneself, and not others:

“A sign that a person does not know, that a Christian does not know how to accuse himself is when he is accustomed to accusing others, to talking about others, to being nosy about the lives of others. And that is an ugly sign. Do I do this? It’s a good question to get to the heart [of things]. Today let us ask the Lord for the grace, the grace to find ourselves face to face with Him with this wonder that His presence gives; and the grace to feel that we are sinners, but concretely, and to say with Peter: 'Depart from me, for I am a sinner'.”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

true rest is a moment of contemplation

Francis and the Clowns
Notes from Francis' homily this morning:
There is false rest and there is true rest.

Society is thirsty for entertainment and holiday. We think that a "successful" person is one who can afford different kinds of pleasure. But this mentality slips towards the dissatisfaction of an anesthetized existence of entertainment that is not rest, but alienation and escape from reality.  Man has never rested as much as today, yet man has never experienced as much emptiness as today.

True rest is a moment of contemplation, of praise.

It is a time to look at reality and say: how beautiful life is. to say to God: thank you for your life, for your mercy, for all your gifts.

Make peace with life because life is precious.

Peace is chosen, it cannot be imposed and cannot be found by chance.

In the end, “all is grace”. For, as the Psalmist assures us, in God alone do our souls find rest.
- Pope Francis, homily at Casa Santa Marta, September 5, 2018

From Vatican News HERE

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

two spirits

Daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta  (Vatican Media)
"There are two spirits, two ways of thinking, of feeling, of acting: that which leads me to the Spirit of God, and that which leads me to the spirit of the world. And this happens in our life: We all have these two ‘spirits,’ we might say. The Spirit of God, which leads us to good works, to charity, to fraternity, to adore God, to know Jesus, to do many good works of charity, to pray: this one. And [there is] the other spirit, of the world, which leads us to vanity, pride, sufficiency, gossip – a completely different path. Our heart, a saint once said, is like a battlefield, a field of war where these two spirits struggle."
- Pope Francis, September 4, 2018 

from Vatican News HERE

bibilcal zen

A Zen line in Job: "Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars?" (39:26)
- Merton, Conjectures, p. 285

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