11th step AA group
Had the 11th step AA group here this weekend; they have been coming here for years. We have three different AA groups come here and I find myself very attached to each one. Doing the 12 steps keep you real and you feet on the ground. It is a place of community and...
To become ever fully human
I sense keenly how Your divine Blood is circulating in my heart; I have not the least doubt that Your most pure love has entered my heart with Your most sacred Blood. I am aware that You are dwelling in me, together with the Father and the Holy...
Eternal God, Goodness itself, whose mercy is
incomprehensible to every intellect, whether human or angelic,
help me, your feeble child, to do Your holy will as You make it
known to me. I desire nothing but to fulfill God’s desires. Lord, here are
my soul and my body, my mind and my will,
Living in a secular society
(Humpty Dumpty had a great fall)
There are always advantages and disadvantages no matter in what time of history we live in. So it is no different today. People often pine for the good old days, but in fact I doubt there is any such thing. Back in the...
Wrapped in death’s strong bonds
We are still in Easter season and the mystery of Christ Jesus resurrection is still central in the liturgy as well in our private prayer and meditation. I have been spending a lot of time on the ‘Last Discourse’ of Jesus in the Gospel of John as well as the account...
Everyone’s journey and trust
The concept of being a pilgrim is important to me. It means we are always moving forward towards a destination and the more we understand this, that destination can become something holy. Many deny this, believing that we are on journey that only ends in a brick wall with nothing...
Living out of our true image and likeness
“Go out to others and share the good news that God, our Father,
walks at our side. He frees us from anonymity, from a life of
emptiness and selfishness, and brings us to the school
of encounter. He removes us from the fray of competition
Growing up in Panama Canal Zone on a military base
(the sense of uprootedness)
Before we moved to Panama in 1958, when I was ten, we changed our home base quite a bit. I got used to the moving and found it exciting. Moving into a new house was fun, meeting new people all the time and going to a different school...
We are called to mercy
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be
brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not
conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called
Everyone is in labor
(quote from a woman in a dream)
Dreams have always been important with me. I remember dreams that I had when I was six. Had them every night, so I guess I just got into the habit of remembering them. Almost all of my breakthroughs in my life have come from information or insights that have...
It is hard to understand what makes others tick, so alien we can be to one another. So much alike, yet vast differences can lead to situations when building bridges is almost impossible. Simple gestures, carefully chosen words, even smiles, can be interrupted in ways not dreamed of. I have had this experience a couple of...
Questions about ‘Ultimate Reality’
When talking to people about their inner lives and how they pray and process, I find that I have talked to no one who fits into any kind of preconceived all size fits all spirituality. Each person is unique in how they deal with the mystery of who they are and how they relate to God. I...
Finding a penny seeing a butterfly
Some times when talking to friends and just people that I have met when conversing with them here in the retreat house, I have found that many will have some sort of event happen to them that will draw their attention in a powerful way. It is...
Serving one another
Chapter 71: Mutual Obedience
1 Obedience is a blessing to be shown by all, not only to the abbot but also to one another as brothers, 2 since we know that it is by this way of obedience that we go to God. 3 Therefore, although orders of the abbot or of the priors...
It is hard to know when to let someone go,
their road they must set out alone,
to have faith in God’s regard and love,
and presence within their often shattered hearts.
I don’t know often what to do,
perhaps nothing is the answer,
Yet this woman came by this week,
people were after her
watching from every exit as...