Category Archives: Prayer

It will be amazingly beautiful

In this moment of pain the Lord said to me, “The wonderful end to your story is visible and present to me. I see the whole thing and it’s beautiful. You are not yet in a position to see it. … Continue reading

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Prayer and Mercy

If we want to follow the pilgrimage of prayer all the way to the end, we must not be frightened by the threats of the world. We have already seen how St. John of the Cross calls such worldly forces … Continue reading

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Merton on facing despair

The desert is the home of despair. And despair, now, is everywhere. Let us not think that our interior solitude consists in the acceptance of defeat. We cannot escape anything by consenting tacitly to be defeated. Despair is an abyss … Continue reading

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Journey through the Wilderness

The man who does not permit his spirit to be beaten down and upset by dryness and helplessness, but who lets God lead him peacefully through the wilderness, and desires no other support or guidance than that of pure faith … Continue reading

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Storms of Destruction

One thing that is especially dangerous to the solitude required for real prayer is what a psalm describes as “storms of destruction.” The context of Psalm 57 is David hiding from Saul in a cave. Saul was given to irrational … Continue reading

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Unpacking the parable of the sower

The parable of the sower is much denser than it appears. It is a treatise of sorts on the spiritual life. The main variable obviously is the soil itself. In the first instance we have seed scattered onto a footpath. … Continue reading

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Prayer and the cross appear to be intertwined

Both the cross and prayer have features in common: the world considers them both weak and foolish. All┬áthe more reason to be drawn to both of them. And all the more reason to see in both of them a harmonious … Continue reading

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