spirituality

Sacred Heart of Jesus — Tough Love

2020-06-19T13:06:53-04:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

It took me a while to appreciate the Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion. To tell the truth, as a convert, it all seemed kind of sappy, sentimental and well, French. All hearts and flowers and perfume--almost like a Valentine from Jesus. Yucch. But then I learned about St Margaret Mary Alacogue and realized that she (like [...]

A Transparent Personality

2016-12-30T10:17:41-04:00December 30th, 2016|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , |

Benedictine Nuns Make Final Vows A Benedictine nun writes, The end of Benedictine spirituality is to develop a transparent personality. Dissimulation, half answers, vindictive attitudes, a false presentation of self are all barbs in the soul of the monastic. This is especially important in our commercialized, plastic, artificial society. Everywhere we look we are [...]

Learning Lectio Divina

2016-06-22T10:08:04-04:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

Lectio Divina, or Holy Reading, is a wonderful, monastic contribution to spirituality. It combines two aspects of the threefold Benedictine life of Work, Prayer and Reading. When we participate in Lectio Divina we pray and read. We read and pray. The essential idea is that we read the sacred Scriptures not critically or even to gather information, [...]

Penitential Progress is Pendular

2016-02-25T09:28:54-04:00February 25th, 2016|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , |

The American Alpha Achievement culture sells us the idea that success should be one quick upward spiral from glory to glory until we are the perfectly successful person with a perfect tan, perfect teeth, perfect hair, perfect body, perfect bank account, perfect spouse, perfect kids, perfect house (or maybe two or three houses) perfect everything. Well [...]

Lent with Thomas Merton – 1

2016-02-12T08:37:56-04:00February 12th, 2016|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

Thomas Merton was a hermit at the Trappist Monastery of Gethesamani in Kentucky. His autobiography The Seven Story  Mountain is one of the best tales of God getting hold of a man and that man's true conversion. Merton's later life was controversial as he was caught up in the turmoil of the 1960s, but his writings are beautiful [...]

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