Words Too Many

Devolving within Words eat away Keeping us wanting And under control Keeping us taking They keep us and use us and own us Then toss us to the endless gray. An army of noise we’ve become, Divisive, corrosive, Within at first, without in the next Toward one’s self, one’s neighbor, One’s home. Instants of hollowed…

A Prayer for Lent 2018 (Part 3 – From the Deeper Wells)

A prayer I wrote to music some time ago.  More of a letter to God really, this prayer is one of gratitude, and signifies the meaning of Lent in my own life, focusing on the place, a wellspring as it were, where everything that goes right or wrong deeper within is born… Peace and continued…

A Prayer for Lent 2018 (Part 2 – Our Father)

Lent is upon us.  Here is part 2 in a series of planned prayers and meditations I’m recording for the season.  In this piece, I join my music to the Our Father and some of our Lord’s instruction on how to pray, as revealed in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6… Wishing everyone a continuing…

Meditations from Servants of the Gospel

From some good friends of mine, Catholic missionaries whom I know here in the Republic of Korea, Servants of the Gospel of God’s Mercy.  Amongst their mission activities in Korea, and in several other countries, they offer thoughtful and meaningful meditations for our time in English and Spanish every couple of weeks: If you enjoy…

A Prayer for Lent 2018 (Part 1 – The Jesus Prayer & Hail Mary)

Lent is a little over a week away, and this year I’ve chosen to set aside other musical efforts for the season, and focus on prayer and meditation through music instead.  I thought it might be good to share, so here is the first in a series of prayer and meditations, in which I join…

The Desire to Please You Does in Fact…

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so….

I Couldn’t Find You…

I’ve been writing music, this past year.  The following song concerns the ups and downs of my spiritual life, culminating in a conversion away from an exterior search for God, to an interior one. Please forgive the vocals, I’m not much of a singer, but I try 🙂 I Couldn’t Find You:

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…