When will we ever have time to relax a bit?

“Why can’t you just relax?” “You’re just too uptight!” Ever been told that – thought that? Have you ever listened to one of “those” relaxation tapes (ok, I know I‘m showing my age, but you get it don’t you? – … Continue reading

Silent Saturday = ??

On Saturday morning after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples wake after not having slept for two days. The city that was screaming for blood the day before is quiet. Crowds have disbanded. Jesus is dead. This isn’t Sunday. This isn’t Friday. This is Saturday. The day … Continue reading

215 – Silence – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Let me break the morning silence by bringing a few words from Thomas Merton, “Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be … Continue reading

211 – Hearing in the Silence – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

In every extended discussion of spiritual practices “silence” always becomes a focus of attention at some point.  Many times the importance of silence is questioned, especially as it is “heard” as a withdrawal from the world, the community and our call to be … Continue reading

201 – Quiet – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Allow me to share two quotes today.  First from John Cage, “My favorite piece of music is the one we hear all the time, if we are quiet.” When you find yourself quiet today, pay attention.  What music is there? … Continue reading

193 – Listening – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

The other day I came across this from Madeleine L’Engle, “To pray is to listen, to move through my own chattering to God, to that place where I can be silent and listen to what God may have to say.” Sometimes we … Continue reading

115 – Silence – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

A few weeks ago the mailings that come from Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation were concerned with silence.  One of the mailings contained the following – “The simplest spiritual discipline is some degree of solitude and silence. But … Continue reading