Category Archives: Spirit of the World

Exterior imprisonment

Man without God will tend be like one who grasps the bars of a prison window from the outside, firmly convinced that if only he could get to the other side of those bars all would be well. Advertisements

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A Body of Broken Bones

YOU AND I and all men were made to find our identity in the One Mystical Christ, in Whom we all complete one another “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ.” When … 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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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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A way in which we are all like Jesus without even trying

St. Paul writes that Christ Jesus was a man like us in all things but sin. Obviously, our point of greatest dissimilarity to Christ is our sinfulness. Conversely, because we all live in a fallen world, we all suffer the … 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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The danger in inverting “God is love”

If we hear “God is love” and think it means “Love is God”, as in thinking that our idea of love is God, we have reduced God to an idea, a concept. And since everyone has a slightly different concept … Continue reading

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