WHERE DOES GOOD AND EVIL LIVE?
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
5d ago
In one of my more esoteric moments, when I try to wiggle past all the experiences and knowledge I have gained in a lifetime of trying to push through the limits of what I think my mental capacity is, like an astrophysicist who strains to see that last patch of something beyond what others have discovered, I thought about where my roots of choosing good or evil might reside. Here are some of my ideas that come from my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) meditations that led to my contemplative questions and what follows. I looked around me in my office and saw where I normally function, computer, d ..read more
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HOW DO I KNOW THAT CHRIST IS REAL AND NOT A FANTASY?
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1w ago
How do I know Christ lives in me and is not some fantasy of my imagination? If I make up my blogs and books about my Lectio Divina experiences of being in the presence of the Holy Spirit and just listen with the “ear of my heart,” isn’t that all made up by me? Yes, it is. Who else can “make up” what I think of as the deepest and most intimate room of my being, and what transformations occur there because of being in the presence of Christ? Is it fantasy? You bet. Unlike Star Wars or Game of Thrones, the best kind of fantasy is fiction. This fiction is a sign of contradiction; only those who kn ..read more
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TEN WAYS I WON’T BE HELD HOSTAGE TO MY HUMANITY.
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1w ago
Good as humans are, original sin is the condition into which I am born, the imperfection of having to figure out what is right and wrong (knowledge of the tree of good and evil in Genesis 2-3), and the strength to be able to resist the allure of the pull of my animality into devolution. If you think freedom means doing whatever you want to fulfill your humanness by doing what feels good, then you have already succumbed to the false promises of your natural instincts whose template for good or evil is how they feel. As I weave through the tangled brush of what it means to be human, I encounter ..read more
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THE MARTYRDOM OF ORDINARY LIVING: The high cost of fidelity.
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1w ago
There is nothing as deflating to being human as to realize that you have been duped by the very organizational thought processes you harbored and assumed were true. As an observer of reality around me, particularly as it pertains to the Catholic Church, I find myself challenged, not by the actual core doctrine (Nicene Creed) of the Church, but by those seemingly sincere believers in what they consider to be Catholic. What follows are some of my random thoughts about belief and the daily challenge of taking up my cross to follow in the footprints of The Christ Principle. I call this my Martyrdo ..read more
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NAVIGATING THE COMPLEXITIES OF CONVERSIO MORAE.
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1w ago
For a novice, Lay Cistercian, such as myself, moving as I have down the tumultuous labyrinth of what is good or bad for me, the term “Conversio Morae” is at the center of my every conscious moment. Along with the companion habit, “Capacitas Dei,” of growing each day from my false self to my true self as an adopted son (daughter) of the Father, these two signposts are my daily default thoughts. Conversio Morae is especially important for two reasons, ones that I only discovered at age 80 of my 83.8 years of existence. I am not the Catholic that I was even a year ago. Why? Because I am more awar ..read more
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THE CHRIST PRINCIPLE: PARADIGM SHIFTS THAT ADD DEPTH OF MEANING TO MY VIEW OF REALITY
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1w ago
This is a reposting of a previous blog. It is substantially long for a blog because it is a chapter from my book, The Christ Principle. I add it here because of its importance to my reflections about my humanity. Everything has a beginning and an ending. Within that framework of reality, nothing is permanent except change. This is a very long and complicated Lectio Divina. I have never done this type of chain-linking contemplation like this before. I usually do one of my Lectio Divina meditations leading to contemplation every morning at 2:50 a.m. Nothing heroic about this. I just need to ..read more
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MRS. MURPHY KNOWS
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
2w ago
I can remember the Sun slicing through the gigantic, three-foot-thick, sandstone window openings of our Second Theology class in Sacramental Theology on the first floor of the Major Theology section at Saint Meinrad School of Theology. At the blackboard was the late Father Aiden Kavanaugh, O.S.B., writing down the words, “Mrs. Murphy,” on the blackboard. In 1963, not knowing what I did not know, much less what I should know about theology, I was just trying to stay awake on the warm Spring day in Southern Indiana. At the time, I remember thinking that his explanation of Mrs. Murphy did not mak ..read more
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CHRIST AS MYSTIC HERO: The Longing of the Human Mind and Heart for Resonance.
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
2w ago
NB: This is a long blog because I made the mistake of telling the Holy Spirit to hit me with more than my consciousness could assimilate. I thought I was a big boy. I now know that I am a Toddler. “That in all things, may God be glorified.” –St. Benedict I recommend reading this blog in short gulps. Deep within the collective consciousness of our humanity, as it slips and slides down the complexities and consciousness of existing, I come up for air for 83.8 years of that time to gulp at whatever life presents to me that day. I use it to help me unravel the most challenging questions humans mus ..read more
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FIVE LEVELS OF DEPTHS IN MEDITATION.
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
2w ago
I have often read the phrase, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” In my twenties, full of vim, vigor, and myself, I read and promptly sloughed off this passage from John 14 as “read and just as quickly forgotten.” Like almost all Scriptures I read then, I was more preoccupied with reading the Bible than thinking and even being what that passage meant. Sixty years later, I find myself reading that same passage, now in its entirety (not just to memorize or justify Jesus), so I might become what I read. I offer you the entire passage below for your pondering and reflection. Read it three tim ..read more
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YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO DIE: Now What?
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1M ago
you_know_you_are_goicsp_proof070217-1Download This is a free download of my book on how contemplation can perhaps not change your diagnosis but change your mind and heart to find genuine peace and stillness in the silence of the upper room of your inner self. I did it, and continue to do it, so it works for me. If you want to give this to someone with cancer, AIDS, terminal illness, or none of the above, it is my gift to you for supporting me ..read more
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