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The Contemplative Companion for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

” By your endurance you will gain your souls.” – Luke 21.19

A victory awaits that does not dissipate or disappoint, as do those victories in the field of human pursuits. There, we swing, sometimes fast, fierce and unforeseen, between high and low, up and down, victory and defeat, profit and loss. There, after a while, we discover the game of digits is rigged for the game makers who created the rules and digits in the first place. Wisdom thus says: render unto Caesar what is Caesars…”

An endurance of all things, including the suffering, is not a pursuit but a purpose: the evolution, the development of your Being – the unique, unrepeatable imprint of God in you body, mind and emotion that we convey with the simple word: soul.

Endure what you can. Endure, so to win for yourself, your soul, more radiant, more complete, more full in the stature of Christ than you could be on your own without the grace of fire fueling your furthering. A divine image further formed into a deeper divine likeness.



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The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

“You heavens, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever.” – Daniel 3.59

The Lectionary readings for today (like yesterday) begin to set the dramatic tone for the Advent season, which begins this coming Sunday –  the First Sunday of Advent.  By “dramatic tone,” I mean the intensification of time and the visionary future that involves a revealing judgement of God. These are characteristics of the season of waiting for God’s appearance that is Advent.

Several quotations help me remember the vast divine and cosmic drama we are caught up in:

Be as “a priest of eternal imagination” who transmutes “the bread of daily experience in the womb of art.” – James Joyce, portrait

“If you have an eye for it, the world itself is a sacrament.” – Stain Augustine

“I wake and feel the fell of dark.” – Gerald Manly Hopkins, Sonnets 

“Someday, after we have mastered the winds and the waves and the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of Love. And then, for the second time in the history of the world, humankind will have discovered fire.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomena of Man


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The Contemplative Companion for Monday, November 23, 2015

“Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever. Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever.”  – Daniel 3. 55 – 57

Each of us is on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.

We need the presence of love, often in the form of friendship, and more rarely, in the company of a spiritual father or mother.

Nevertheless, even when feeling alone, we are woven into the firmament and hierarchies of heaven. We are truly never alone and always within a living Presence that is so much “above” and “beyond” us, similarly to how a cell is within an organ that is within a body. Each of us, a  cell within the  organ of this planet within the body of the universe “within” the Presence and Love and Creative Energy of God.

Perceive this, and remember. Such is the means that leads one to exalt and praise not only the Source who Creates, Sustains and Loves us, but also cherish the gift of each moment we are given with a happiness that is difficult to explain. It is simply possessing the peace that surpasses understanding.

All forces to the contrary of love are here to reveal the deepest Reality that is Love. The contrast shows us the Truth and calls us to Partake in what is Most Real, turning from the false, the fearful, the foolish, the unformed.

Yes, each of us is on a journey of unfolding, impossible to accomplish alone, essential to accomplish together – in, as, through, by, with the gifts of Wisdom and Love.


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The Contemplative Companion for Friday, November 20, 2015

“Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, ‘It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer…'”  – Luke 19.45

The process of spiritual growth involves seasons that we go through that sometimes feel like a purging. In this Gospel reading, we see the purgative dimension prior to our becoming a house of prayer.

In our interior life, silence does the heavy lifting of “driving out” the thoughts, feelings and other dynamics getting in the way of our stillness toward God. The activity of commerce and culture are essential gifts for being human, but the sacred center of our life is best served when it is fed and cultivated with periods of stillness and silence.

We can then bring the practiced quiet of our heart-temple into the world with us, permeating our day-to-day activity and relationships with the strength, wisdom and joy that comes from being connected and centered with Love’s love in Christ by the power of the Spirit through Word, Silence and Sacrament.



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The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, November 19, 2015

“Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”  – Luke 18.42

Your mind is beautiful because it has been kissed by love, making your knowing not just wise, but also warm-hearted.

Go and do likewise. Kiss the mind of another in the silence between the words where everyone is connected.

This, in part, is what it means to be still and know. Which is another way of saying: enter into the silence and see.

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The Contemplative Companion for Wednesday, November 18, 2015

“Hide me in the shadow of your wings.” – Psalm 17.8

God has spoken and summoned the earth, from the rising of the sun to its setting. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.”  – Psalm 50.1 – 2

Love draws us upward, deeper into our destiny. It is a summons of divine desire – Wisdom’s wish for us to be and flourish and to become.

Zion is each of our heart-centers: a radiant emotional flower opening toward God, toward others, and even toward our Self.

Watered by the silence the Word of life nurtures our heart-garden, our emotional-Zion, weeding negativity, nurturing it with influences of truth and grace.

As we are hidden in the silence, God shines forth.


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The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, November 17, 2016

“When I lie down in sleep, I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.” – Psalm 3.6

Patterns of spiritual growth follow the rhythm of sleeping and waking, rising and falling, cross and resurrection. Discovering the extent of our interior sleep is a humbling event,  and an opportunity to ask for help to awaken and rise. In our life and in our world.

It is easy to become distracted away from our spiritual life. It is normal to grow discouraged when we fall or fail, or realize we have slipped back into a sleepiness toward divine wisdom and love. Fear not failure. Fight against sleep and forgetfulness. Seek to remember.

And may God grant strength through humility to all called and awakening Knights in the Light, Love and Life of Christ.

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