Fear can make a big impression
Fear really does little good when it comes to our dealings with others. Fear can make a big impression and bring forth all kinds of reactions that don’t last. There is a reason why it says in the Scriptures that “Fear is the beginning of wisdom”. It can bring change, but fear wears off and then rebellion comes in. There is a reason that Jesus revealed to us the nature of God’s love; it is brought forth in the parable of the Prodigal Son. The Father’s reactio
We are called to incarnate Jesus Christ in the world
March 6—After Communion. . . . “Your body belongs to Me.
Take care of it because it is Mine. Do your work because it is My work. Rest, to rest Me.
And when you speak to your neighbor, that is My public life.
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Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.
The present situation for Catholics with not being able to go to Mass and to receive the Eucharist is painful for those who are devout and have an understanding o
Dealing with reality
I wonder how this experience that we in the United States are going through will change things. I guess on an unconscious level I always thought that we would always be beyond what much of the world goes through. Yet here we are.
Even if more or less at peace, at least for me, there is a pall of concern that feels like a dark, cloud. I have to accept that, I am sure I am not alone in this.
It is good to keep tabs on the deep instinctive emotions and feelings that are
Anxious, yes of course, but there can be calm as well
“From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.” _ Pope Francis
We do live in interesting times. For a few years now I have been feeling that I am one of the many characters in some kind of ‘end of the world’ book. Every year the weather gets more concerning. Fires around the world that appear to get worse every year. Not to mention
It is a soul thing
It is the nature of light to expose, to bring forth, and from it's probing there is no escape unless it is sought after and some sort of cave is desired. God is light. The light entered the world, the Word is light, Jesus said he was the Word, the light that has come into the world.
Light responds to light, it is a soul thing, something that just happens, truth seeks truth, those who seek are led by this light, the Word calls them. Our hearts tell us if we seek the light o
Faith is lived, it becomes our very skin, and it is Incarnational
Here in the Sacrament of My love, you have everything. Here you have all of Heaven. Here you have the Creator of earth and of all that it holds, and of every human being who has ever seen the light of day. I am all yours. Be all Mine. Ask Me to unite you more and more to Myself, until you are completely hidden in the secret of My Face.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart
--The Journal of a Priest at Pr
I Thirst (John 19:38)
what is your thirst?
Yes for water, for sure,
hanging on the cross,
your body scourged,
pain from the thorns
embedded in your scalp,
loss of blood,
struggling for breathe;
yes you were thirsty.
Thirst is all encompassing,
the body screaming for moisture,
cracked lips, swollen tongue,
a terrible experience.
What is the thirst of your deepest humanity,
God become man.
Was it because of this cosmic thirst?
What is the water of the
Riding the wave (The historical process)
I do believe that the most important point for me to remember, sometimes I have to struggle with it, is that when someone thinks, or believes differently than me on some important issue: It does not mean that they are in anyway less than than I am.
It is a matter of focus, what is deemed important to both parties. Being a Christian, this will no doubt have a profound influence on how I look at life, and some of the cultural issues that are going o
Prayer and uncertainty
This morning at Chapter, the abbot gave a good talk on Lectio Divina, and how important it is to spend time every day in developing this discipline. True, it does take effort, all prayer for it takes an important place in one's life takes persistence. Actually, anything worthwhile does.
For monks, it is the Scriptures that are the main source of Lectio, but not the only source. In Lectio, we learn to listen, and to not rush. Even if we only have a few minutes, we c
Liberal abortion laws (infanticide)
This is not about Trump, or liberals, but about basic human rights
I do not think that all posts on abortion are political in nature. I do not identify with any political party, as do many Americans. Independent voters are becoming more common. I do believe that abortion is a very serious symptom of a culture that has grown used to a certain kind of ‘rot’ and think it is normal. Sort of like the times before the civil rights movement. The corruption of ra
Ash Wednesday 2020
(Feeding our soul’s)
We see this power, the force of the Red Dragon… in new and different ways. It exists in the form of materialistic ideologies that tell us it is absurd to think of God; it is absurd to observe God’s commandments: they are a leftover from a time past. Life is only worth living for its own sake. Take everything we can get in this brief moment of life. Consumerism, selfishness, and entertainment alone are worthwhile. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Homily, August 15t
Surrendering to love
(“And Jacob wrestled with God”)
For me, the concept of surrender brings to mind some sort of previous struggle. It has a warlike feel to it, something that can be a long arduous exchange. Jacob in his struggle with God was wounded and for the rest of his life, he had a painful limp.
When meditating on the Scriptures they can be used analogically in order to derive some benefit from it. Jacob wrestled all night with his concept of God brought to ‘flesh’, it was a mig
The sea, Ayn Rand, hotdogs, and a job in 1976
(This is an older piece written in July of 06).
I remember visiting some of the family in Texas, it was in 1976 and I guess I spent about 4 months there. I was 26, questioning on which direction that I wanted my life to go in. I was not in any kind of crisis, but just realized that I needed to think about some things, and to try to figure out why I made certain choices, and come to some kind of decision if I wanted to continue in the direction I
The human experience
It is quite a journey for all of us,
our inner world a cauldron of emotions,
feelings, and thoughts,
With simply trying to be present,
to be grounded in the world,
true, not a safe place,
but one filled with wonder,
beauty, joy, and relationships.
Peppered with sorrow, pain, loss,
There are also new beginnings,
each moment perhaps just that,
for we choose more than we know,
how we react,
in how we treat others,
A troubled young man
About a year ago, we had a young man come into the retreat house one morning asking if he could stay a couple of nights. He was traveling and his place of employment would pay for his lodging. I did not know what his job entailed, but he told me that he was on the road for about two weeks every month.
He did not talk to anyone for most of his stay, but he seemed deeply troubled all during his retreat here. Not in an agitated way, but it was how he presented himself. His
A conversation about the Merciful God
With a Despairing Soul.
Do not be absorbed in your misery – you are still too weak to speak of it – but, rather; gaze on My Heart filled with goodness, and be imbued with My sentiments. Strive for meekness and humility; be merciful to others, as I am to you; and, when you feel your strength failing, if you come to the fountain of mercy to fortify your soul, you will not grow weary on your journey--Faustina’s diary(1485)
There is no end to God’s mercy;
I am hopeful but ready for a rough ride
As I grow older, I am becoming more aware of my own tendency to make judgments that come from a deep place of fear and anxiety. I guess it has always been so, yet becoming more apparent.
I find it infinitely amazing that Jesus forgave all on the cross, an act that is probably the most loving, and truly human act ever accomplished.
We are called to that, Christians, yet we know we can't do it on our own. Only when we allow the heart
“You are the light of the world.”
(Jesus tightens the screws, as he always does.)
Preached February 9, 2020
by Fr. Cassian OCSO
“You are the light of the world.”
Last Sunday we heard the words of Simeon as he held the infant Jesus in the Temple: “My eyes have seen a light for revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.” The light Simeon proclaimed is the same light we proclaim at Easter: Christ our Light.
Today we hear that we are the light of the world. How
A face in the crowd
In the crowd, the milling thousands,
people and their humanity are lost,
yet there are times when I see a face,
a woman, a child or an older man, or woman,
rushing along carried by the stream of humanity,
preoccupied with their own worries and pain,
or perhaps reliving some joy or another,
yet to me, it can just be a face,
seen once and then forgotten.
They have no name, just someone rushing by,
or if I am part of the throng
avoiding me, stepping aside
Letting Go and Trusting
In all circumstances be humble; never insist on your own way. Present your desires and opinions simply and confidently, and then leave all things in My hands. The outcome will be according to My designs and I will not be thwarted by the resistance or shortsightedness of My human agents.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart
--The Journal of a Priest at Prayer (p. 88). Angelico Press. Kindle Edition.
There is an old adage that says “Old age
Intimacy with God and others
Trust Me with all things, even the most insignificant. I am like a mother to the souls who believe in My merciful love; whatsoever touches them, touches Me.1 If only My priests knew this from personal experience, they would be compelled then to preach it, and many souls would discover through them just how deep and all-encompassing is the tenderness of My Sacred Heart for those who trust in My merciful love.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Hea