The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, July 2, 2015

“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”– he then said to the paralytic, ‘Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.’ He rose and went home.”  – Matthew 9. 5 – 7

The first mystery is the Son of Man.

The second mystery is the authority conveyed.

The third mystery is the forgiveness of sins.

For you, for me, for our way of being in the world, let forgiveness be received.

Let forgiveness be conveyed.

Why remain paralyzed by the past. Rise. Be released in this moment and return home to discover how forgiveness births reconciliation. That is the fourth mystery.

We are the location where the mysteries can become gifts.

 

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

“The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.”  – Psalm 34.8

The hands of heaven reach deeply through the friction of things releasing  us into more freedom.

Grace is all overflow. Toward each of us.

Don’t give up on the journey.  Go deeper…

Into the difficulty. Into the tension. Into the body. Into the pain. Into the feeling.  Into the thought.

Notice. Reverence. Surrender. Become.

It’s all heaven. You just are calling it something else.

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

“Search me, O God, and try me;
test my soul and my heart.
For your mercy is before my eyes,
and I walk in your truth.” – Psalm 26. 2  – 3

Just because your body is ageing and frail;

just because your voice is weak;

just because you are all alone now;

Just because the light has gone from your eyes and the leap from your step;

just because there is an empty spot in  your bed where  your beloved once slept;

just because you no longer feel God’s presence;

or think much of the clergyed church;

just because any of life is this way instead of that way;

just because, all of this is perfectly the reason to be seen again by Spirit for what you are: a being who comes from both the dark earth and the lustered stars. Feel into your night the love that is hidden as darkness leaves the stars behind and goes on alone in silence across the ages.

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Monday, June 29, 2015

“Taste and see how good the Lord is; blessed are those who takes refuge in the Lord.”  – Psalm 34.9

Inwardness is a way of being that draws blessings. We taste and see goodness by resting in the silence of prayer. Refuge is always available within the heart, our inward temple of life. Peace is the indication that we have tasted and love is the awareness that we have seen the goodness of simply being with the silence that is connecting each of us to God through Christ by the Spirit.

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Friday, June 26, 2015

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God appeared to him and said: “I am God the Almighty.
Walk in my presence and be blameless.” – Genesis 17.1

I am encouraged that even my elderly years hold endless possibility for spiritual growth and experience. Age does not guarantee growth. So I wish to make haste slowly now, taking every moment as a gift and every day as a miracle. And worship the giver.

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, June 25, 2015

“Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” – Matthew 7.21 – 22

Help me to live with more integrity in every area of my life, especially the areas I am ashamed of, or where I have previously failed and fallen. Lift me up with courage to reach the next stage of development.


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A History of Silence – By Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch

I recently came across this fantastic book  on the history of Silence, by Oxford professor Diarmaid MacCulloch.  You can also watch the Gifford Lectures, for which the book was originally written.

History of Silence

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