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    • Posted by pbegeman on July 7, 2023 at 3:27 pm #136225

      To Practice

      Watch this very short video (1:40 minutes) where Fr. Thomas talks about “Effortless Total Receptivity.”

      – Using the practice of Audio Divina, allow the music and words from the song Bad’ by U2 to wash over you and see what emotions move and stir in your being. If, after listening, you would like to go deeper you will find the lyrics here. Is there something in the music or the lyrics that brings light to ways you’ve already surrendered or an area of life you could surrender more?

      – Practice the Presence of God: Is there an active prayer sentence that comes to you from the readings, the image, the video or the music and its lyrics? Take this active prayer into your day-to-day routines.

      You may wish to reread the full reflection here:


    • Posted by tcf2_comcast_net on July 9, 2023 at 11:30 am #136245

      1.  I went down a rabbit hole listening  to bono and pulled up a bio on google.  Used to be pop stars were older than me (Elvis, John Lennon) or at least the same age (McCartney).   Ok, he’s just a little older than my son and has glaucoma and tinnitus.

      2.  I rented a locker in 2019 and filled it with excess books, maybe 200’or so.  I finally paid  a guy to empty it.  He kept some.   Now I’ve bought even more books.  The place is a mess, books everywhere. Clothes I  don’t wear anymore

      3.  Surrender is not a new concept.  I’ve been inAA for 30 years.  When I was young and only 55 or 60 it was easy.  I could gst in the river and swim upstream and then let the current carry me back. Literally.  I’m sure I still can do thst, but june would have a fit.

      Now, nearing the end of life, it’s crunch time.   Hmmm, maybe I can hang on 10 more years?  Yeah but can june, who’s already 87?  My friend Dick at 88?

      she is frightened so we don’t talk about this.

      and most people here are well past all this, I’m sore.

      in a way i didn’t  before, I’m finding myself resistant to readings here, anything by Keating.  Part of it comes from my household where my partner does not seem to want any of this.

      for several years I was an active Benedictine oblate.  Now I can’t imagine wanting to go in the monastery


      • Posted by slcreech_gtek_biz on July 9, 2023 at 11:56 am #136247

        My husband also doesn’t share my thoughts and practices of spirituality and it’s difficult at times. On the other hand, it’s a reminder to me that the path is mine to walk. I can’t control the paths that others choose to walk. 🙏🏻

    • Posted by slcreech_gtek_biz on July 9, 2023 at 11:50 am #136246

      I started a part-time temporary job recently and I miss the weekly gathering so much. Hopefully I’ll be able to rejoin all of you soon.

      This reading made me smile. I loved listening to the song, and the video of Father Thomas is quintessential Father Thomas. “ All you have to to do is nothing. Try it!” 😇

    • Posted by linda rhead on July 9, 2023 at 8:49 pm #136253

      My active prayer sentence this week is “Be brave; make room for love.” Brother Lawrence and Mary Oliver will serve as yokemates this week. <3 linda

    • Posted by Kathleen M. Kelly on July 10, 2023 at 11:45 am #136255

      You need to know how beautiful you all are.
      I love the image of the piles of books all over the place. It’s like a forest full of scampering little creatures….life! And the clothes! My partially remade thrift store clothes and sewing machine (s!) sitting around, canvas, paints. Last week reflecting on sewing a patch on worn fabric , I realize the fabric is Kathy , me , the worn , torn piece of fabric . Beyond fixing. Best to be a new creature every morning , indeed every moment.

      my prayer sentence after listening to the song will be: :”it is all here, right here, right now”.


    • Posted by pbegeman on July 10, 2023 at 7:41 pm #136259

      Tim, Stephanie, Linda, Kathleen – thank you all for your sharings and your beautiful beings. Love never fails us, no matter what, no matter how we feel.

      We are wide awake, together.

    • Posted by tcf2_comcast_net on July 11, 2023 at 12:58 pm #136264

      Where ego drove me to retreats and onto baroque seeming chapels, I was really looking for the excitement that came my conversion

      I keep trying  to get it back

      when I first saw a NH mountain i. had to get off up there.   But when I got to the summit, my legs were shot, and I had to worry about getting down

    • Posted by Kathleen M. Kelly on July 11, 2023 at 5:50 pm #136275

      I had a nightmare. The other night. After sitting with my “ not okay ness”, this is what came:

      I am like a shooting star – in slow motion (time contracts and expands in liminal space).

      Things fall away…out of control….”I” am blowing up (how my heart feels after this dream).

      So….Each humiliation, each failure of agency, is practice for this spectacular event…bright shooting light ….poof : gone!

    • Posted by Adeline Behm on July 13, 2023 at 7:19 pm #136310

      My dreams continue to take me deeper into my unconscious where firmly planted tap roots, much like those of the horse radish, of my youth; a perpetually resistant plant much-like my firmly entrenched happiness program. The body prayer ( await, allow, accept, attend), the welcome prayer and the invoking of the Indwelling Spirit occur spontaneously from my dreaming life to my awake life, till my last breath before I fall into sleep. The image spoke powerfully into my living , the dandelion blow balls, of the feather-like yoke of receptivity, symbolic of resilience and rebirth. Each fuzzy pappus launches a seed pulling me out of my long happiness program tap root. The Holy Spirit and me yoked! Those who encounter me would be aware of any of this. They would see me cooking, setting up an arthritic friendly computer chair, out walking meeting someone’s prized and cherished dog, facilitating a meeting, hearing a 5th-step and ff

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