Voices of the Community

Voices of the Community

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I suspect that whatever has occurred in my life in this regard has, to a significant extent, been a gift that I have received through my practice and involvement related [...]

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Why do I sit in silence?I sit in silence to be with God.I sit in silence so God can act in me.I sit in silence to forget me.I sit in [...]

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O Holy Spirit please,please seal my soulinto your service. Let silence soarwithin our boundless beingthat I may wakento our wonder of oneness. Let me sit in stillnessand know that You [...]

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Yahuwah, as a child in your Garden offering You your flowers,You smile tenderly and hold me in your arms for hours.|Yahuwah, I live in your Heart, offering You your Love… [...]

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All things must have a start, even times of quiet contemplation.  After several days of hard cold rain on the Northern California coast ones thinking can become gray as the [...]

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Before setting out for morning services, John and I stood outside of our hermitage, which overlooked the valley and the monastery below, and gazed into the pre-dawn sky; the same [...]

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Step inside and bolt the door.The inner room is now secure.Distractions quelled from busy mind,The Lord of Hosts is here to dine. This daily banquet with our LordIs fullness of [...]

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What would you doIf you were givenBut just one more day to live? “I’d spend it with a loved one”“I’d conquer every fear”“I’d grab life by the horns,And do all [...]

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I was overwhelmed by constant, intense, thoughts and feelings of fear.  At the time, I believed that if I was just ‚Äòright with God‚Äô, or, became a ‚Äòbetter Christian‚Äô, these [...]

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In May of 2008, I attended a Centering Prayer Presenter-Formation Retreat at St. Mary‚Äôs Retreat Center, Sewanee, Tennessee.    On the night of May 18, we all participated in group lectio [...]

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One Step
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We gather at the noon hourMorning choices made, now past;Silence at table, sit wonderingIf the insights will last. I’ve been here many times beforeWell, in this kind of holy place;Impatient [...]

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1. The Rock ‚Äì a living relationship with Christ Jesus urges his followers to build on rock and not on sand (Mt. 7.24 ‚Äì 27).   In South Africa we have [...]

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Lessons
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The Real only comes to some-to those listening. To those whocan endure the fathomless silence,starting first in your core, then spreadingthroughout the room,through shut windows. It takes time to hear, sometimes [...]

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The slippery slope of questioning the fundamentals of belief …. I slid off AND.. found GOD; GOD bigger than our beliefs, than our understanding, than our constructs to understand God. [...]

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It is the wailing and the weepingThat wakes the will to repentInfinite happiness is the soul’s birthrightAnd all unhappiness comesFrom selling it for a pot of porridgeWhich leaves the soul [...]

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Soon I’ll retire for the day and receive the gift of sleep. I’m writing from the Katoski room at the Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque, Iowa where I’m leading a [...]

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On the 5th December 2013, seven of us met at Sediba mountain centre for our annual three-day retreat.   Sediba (the source) is set in the Magaliesberg Mountains, overlooking Hartebeespoort dam. [...]

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  There is just this witness to observe both inside and outside the body-mind. There is this detachment and I am not identified with either. It feels like my mind [...]

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What happens whenhe ground on which one standsBecomes a mighty chasmAnd earth a distant land? What happens whenThe new found earthIs not outside but inAnd deafened ears and frigid heartAre [...]

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[This homily was delivered on March 2, 2013, at the Sunday Eucharist concluding a 4-day Silent Retreat on Contemplative Living with Mary Dwyer in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada.] O God, you [...]

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I am grateful to have been practicing centering prayer for several years now. While in Hawaii with my family last summer, I would practice centering prayer on a hammock then [...]

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Silence
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I spent 19 years as a lay-brother at St. Joseph‚Äôs Abbey when Father Thomas was my Abbot.  He was a wonderful man who helped me develop my spiritual life. I [...]

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In May 2011, the Lectio Divina Service Team of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. developed and presented a six-day Lectio Divina Immersion Retreat that focused on the four senses of scripture: literal, [...]

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Promise
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During the retreat our minister led us on a journey of self-knowledge – where we were in relation to God and where we stood as far as forgiveness of ourselves [...]

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