Voices of the Community

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“You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out. You put your right hand in and you shake it all about.You do the hokey pokey and you [...]

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“Who put the bop in the bopshubopshubop, who put the ram in the ramalamadingdong … ” Those were the typical contents of my brain during my sporadic attempts at meditation [...]

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I often think about these words from Jesus, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” [...]

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Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.  He was transfigured before their eyes.  His face became as dazzling as [...]

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I loved to go lobster fishing with my uncle. I loved being out on the open water; the fresh sea air, the confident growl of the engine, the lobster boat [...]

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I remember 50 years ago riding in an UH-34D helicopter heading west over the South China Sea. A clear blue morning greets me under a cloudless sky. We are U.S. [...]

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For most of the last 30 years, our abba, Father Thomas, has been an indefatigable whirlwind jetting around the world teaching, leading retreats, writing books and preaching the good news [...]

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In this silent momentsee how the palm treehas shrugged off old bark,how trim and stately it standsagainst an azure sky, comes the next momentand the next—the mind races aheador remembers [...]

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Some of us are blessed with good health, relative prosperity and long lives. But in even the most charmed life, there are times when things do not go as planned, [...]

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Our Centering Prayer group has recently finished watching the Sounds True Centering Prayer DVD series featuring Fr. Thomas Keating, Gail Fitzpatrick- Hopler and Fr. Carl J. Arico. A number of [...]

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Many years ago while taking a morning hike on Mt Tamalpais, north of San Francisco, I felt the urge to sit down and to silently pray to the Lord.  I [...]

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Breathe in —the tide rolls out to the Mother Sea of Source in air-sucking return to the oceanic womb of life,pulling consciousness like a uterine contractionat three centimeters dilation Breathe out —the tide rolls [...]

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Having just struggled with my 80th birthday, I resonated with Fr Arico’s challenge in the June 2015 CO NEWS:      Challenge To BE and not to DO Experiencing ageChallenge to [...]

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We wear our small marble crossesto prayer every Thursday.They were brought from Iona,a “thin place”, where the spiritis more accessible, the landscaperough-hewn, rocky and barren.I wear mine and imagine a [...]

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Oh God, an owl in the night calls out over and again…     “who…who-who … are you?” Dawn awakens the winter trees’ long bony fingers, scratching at the     clouds…” tell us…tell [...]

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LIFE is Liturgy Unceasing! LECTIO DIVINA is Life;Every Word an utterance of the Divine. ASCETICISM is Life lived inthe Absolute Poverty of the Now;Empty of past and future,Empty of reflections [...]

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     In contemplative consciousness, one is equipoised, in balance, at the center of one‚Äôs house welcoming what arises in quiet hospitality, free of prejudice and attempts to change, possess or [...]

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Centering prayer is an exercise of letting go. We let go so the Creator can create in us. What God manifests within us is up to God alone. These manifestations [...]

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My True Self, are you there hiding behind the fear? Are you there, my True Self; a shadow unknown, unseen, But felt in sudden shudders and closed heart? Are you [...]

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The St. Louis chapter hosted the Living Flame Program in 2012 and 2013.  I was asked to share my experience of that time, which I recall fondly.  The Living Flame [...]

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How could we make Holy Week special?  My husband cannot make the 3 p.m. Good Friday service as feeding time is 3:30 p.m.  There was no way either of us [...]

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I experienced another person’s energy when I first started my medical career. As a trauma team lead during my medical training, a motorcycle wreck victim was brought in. It was [...]

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Blessed are those who, when there is nowhere left to go, turn inward; for they shall find the Center of all.                             Your love sustains Blessed are those who dwell in [...]

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Lyrics from a popular Doris Day song from the 1950’s: “Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be;the future’s not ours to see, que sera sera” A few years ago [...]

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An inner turningOf the heart and mind;An unseen embraceInto Love divine. What deep communionIs this secret prayer;A constant unfoldingInto Love’s great care. The sweetness of engaged delightAway from the worldYet [...]

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