He shall be exalted and lifted up…

Good Friday Behold, my servant shall prosper, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. As many were astonished at him– his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the sons of men–so shall he startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of…

Change is underway…

I have lost direction more than once with this blog.  And I’ve recently come to realize it is because its main purpose has been mostly achieved.  I set out to use this space as a means to think out loud and sort through the many conflicts I’ve happened upon in my spiritual life whilst traversing…

Prayer the church’s banquet…

Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age, God’s breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r, Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear, The six-days world transposing in an hour, A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;…

He who with the help of God’s grace…

He who with the help of God’s grace, becomes aware of the will’s constant movements and learns to direct them toward God will never fail to taste something of heaven’s joy even in this life and, certainly in the next, he will savor it fully. – Excerpt from chapter 4 of The Cloud of Unknowing

Sometimes I simply have nothing to say…

…to others, to myself, to God. The conversation just grows quiet. At such times when the wilderness seems to embrace and enters deeper within, I often find that other voices, other wisdom, Otherness asserts. It is a time for listening with the ears of ones heart, it seems. These times are more often than not…

Will you bloom on my tomb…

One of the things I truly admire in Sr. Lee Hae-In’s poetry, is the way in which she speaks of beauty in the conversation she observes between The Creator and His creation. The poem below is beautiful beyond measure, humble, sweet and inspiring, an outpouring of a beautiful soul.  And she is a wanderer…I can…

It seems strange to say…

…that the purer and clearer the supernatural and divine light the more dark is it in the soul, and that it is less so when less pure. But this may be easily explained; if we keep in mind the saying of the philosopher that supernatural things are more dark to the understanding the more clear…

In a dark night…

I. In a dark night, With anxious love inflamed, O, happy lot! Forth unobserved I went, My house being now at rest. II. In darkness and in safety, By the secret ladder, disguised, O, happy lot! In darkness and concealment, My house being now at rest, III. In that happy night, In secret, seen of…

Restlessly, weary and unknowing…

Restlessly, weary and unknowing, Ceaselessly, the carnal mind thrashes about, Irresistibly, the Lord of peace in dwells, In the still and arid darkness, the soul waits. In the still and arid emptiness, comfort abates. Memories, like ghosts siren their haunted imaginings, Desire, that slavemaster of old shouts its woos and demands, Pride, asserts its deceit,…

To be thus the prisoner of one’s own selfhood…

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?” “Isolation in the self, inability to go out of oneself to others, would mean incapacity for any form of self-transcendence.  To be thus the prisoner of one’s own selfhood is, in fact,…

He must increase, I must decrease…

Personal love for Jesus demands an equal measure of self-disregard. John the Baptist proclaimed: “He must increase; I must decrease” (Jn. 3:30). So, as the inner self becomes more powerful, the outer self loses its total control over our lives. “The external self is fading away but our inner [self] is being renewed day by…

For God alone my soul waits…

…in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a…