Monthly Archives: April 2012

Seven great Merton paragraphs

There is a paradox that lies in the heart of human existence. It must be apprehended before any lasting happiness is possible in the soul of man. The paradox is this: man’s nature, by itself, can do little or nothing … Continue reading

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“You want me on that wall — you need me on that wall!”

Part of the reason that quote from A Few Good Men is so powerful is that somewhere in the deep recesses of our mind, our fear finds that sentiment seductively comforting. Especially in post-9/11 America. But truly, why do we … Continue reading

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An illustration from Shawshank

The reason they approved Red’s parole is that it was finally clear to everyone that he was already free and that the prison could no longer hold him. In his words of defiant indifference, he revealed that he was no … Continue reading

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The cross in every minute — don’t miss a single minute, especially when something goes against your inclinations

Every cross is an opportunity to grow in disinterested love and thus enter more fully into the inner life of the Trinity. Those moments do not always last as long as they first appear they will. Sometimes they are over … Continue reading

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Getting off that cross: is there more meaning and power or less?

What if Jesus had come down off of that cross to display the power that the onlookers had doubted? What then? St. Paul says that the cross is a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks. In … Continue reading

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The Fire that brings its own energy

If the Holy Spirit is the Living Flame of Love, we tend to fear being consumed in the fire. But unlike other fires which consume to produce energy, this fire has its own infinite and unlimited energy. As it inflames … Continue reading

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A sign post

If your life transforms into the Eucharist, it may not be what you expected. It seems that after the Resurrection, Christ knew that his presence among us would need to become even more challenging to preserve the level of challenge … Continue reading

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