I Couldn’t Find You…

It has been nearly a year since my last post here. I haven’t been terribly busy, but I have been writing music. The following song, which I wrote very recently, concerns the ups and downs of my spiritual life, culminating in a conversion away from an exterior-centric search for God, to an interior one. Please…

A stumbling block of my own making…

“Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able…” -Luke 13:24 (RSV-CE) I find a connection between “taking up ones cross and following the Christ” and an opening of the gate between the heart and the mind. If I were to give the…

Whilst clinging selfishly to the illusion…

How does one engage ones emptiness and sorrow, that horrifying aloneness, O Lord, without indulging in ones egotistical hunger for self pity? It seems to me that one may very well deplore the ego precisely because one is so weak and easily able to slide into that false, miry place…Where lies the path through the…

In the Watches of the Night…

A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee; my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and…

I Am This Way Because I Have to Be…

The short film below, directed by James Rogan, is an outstanding documentary about the man, Justo Gallego Martinez, and his extraordinary project which he began 53 years ago in Mejorada del Campo, Spain.  More information about the man and the project can be found by clicking here.  The title for this post is a quote…

Behind the Smokescreen of Amusements…

Fr Thomas Merton speaks with blazing clarity of true spiritual war: What is it that makes every man struggle with himself? It is the deep, persistent voice of his own discontent with himself. Fallen man cannot abide to live with himself. Now the apparent peace which the world gives is bought with the price of…

It lets itself be led by them into uncharted land…

“The mature heart does not seek to force force belief on others; it does not seek to impose a faith. The mature heart listens for what another’s heart is called to be. It no longer judges or condemns. It is a heart of forgiveness. Such a heart is a compassionate heart that sees the presence…

I suppose all I can do is let that be as it is, before You…

Ah, Lord, my Maker and One True Light, these days though dryness seems to prevail, the living hope you gave me so many years ago is ever present, and in fact it has a newness so new that it almost seems foreign at times. This sounds cryptic, but I find no words with which to…

Withdraw thy heart from the love of visible things…

“Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity” (Eccles. 1:2), besides loving God and serving Him alone. This is the highest wisdom, by despising the world to tend to heavenly kingdoms. It is vanity, therefore, to seeks after riches which must perish, and to trust in them. It is vanity also to be ambitious of honors,…

At long last…

I always loved Easter.  Even as a kid who knew nothing about Jesus Christ or any religion really, I just loved Easter.  And not just because of the all the Easter baskets full of candy or the imaginary giant rabbit (whom later in life took on a whole new meaning after viewing the Jimmy Stewart…

He suffered death and was buried…

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with…

Ordination of priests, Seoul Diocese, Korea

I find this to be especially moving, knowing the long road full of study, discernment and formation these young men have all undergone. This is a deeply emotional moment for them. It is beautiful to see Korean tradition expressed so simply, yet richly. The video above is courtesy PBC Entertainment via YouTube.