Entries related to: contemplation

Richard Rohr on the Legacy of Thomas Merton

I only saw Thomas Merton once. He walked in front of my family and me when we were visiting the Abbey of Gethsemani in early June 1961. I had read Sign of Jonah and Waters of Siloe in the high school seminary in Cincinnati, and already my youthful mind intuitively knew that this man was a prophet for my soul and for the Church in the world. So, on the day of my graduation and return to Kansas for the summer, I said to my parents, “Let’s take the southern route home. I have a place I want you to see.” Little did I imagine!
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Henri Nouwen and His Much-Needed Sabbatical

He was on sabbatical in France, in L’Arche,” explains Sr. Sue Mosteller, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph and also the team at Daybreak. “I said ‘What are you doing next year?’ He said, ‘I don’t know, I have no idea, but I know I’m not going back to Harvard.’” Henri Nouwen the priest-writer-professor had had enough of that final hyphen.
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Made for God

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a human person. What began as a key theme of theology discussed in one of the graduate courses I teach, this has become something that has stayed on my mind during this particularly divisive electoral season. The way that some people talk about others—and one thinks of demeaning and sexist remarks, insults about the way people look, critical comments about others’ intelligence, deeply racist and xenophobic comments that dehumanize, and so on—makes it is hard to recognize where God fits into any of this. It is especially difficult to see where the goodness of humanity is to be found.
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Mother Teresa on the Power of Silence

Mother Teresa was a friend of silence. As author Kerry Weber writes, "The reason silence was so important to her is because it offers us the opportunity to begin shedding false understandings of ourselves and the world. It clears a space for the recognition that converts. Silence and prayer become the wombs in which we’re reborn. They 'enlarge the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of himself.'" The following words are from Mother Teresa herself. 
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