Sunday, April 3, 2016

If you seek a heavenly light
Thomas Merton

If you seek a heavenly light
I, Solitude, am your professor!
I go before you into emptiness,
Raise strange suns for your new mornings,
Opening the windows
Of your innermost apartment.
When I, loneliness, give my special signal
Follow my silence, follow where I beckon!
Fear not, little beast, little spirit
(Thou word and animal)
I, Solitude, am angel
And have prayed in your name.
Look at the empty, wealthy night
The pilgrim moon!
I am the appointed hour,
The “now” that cuts
Time like a blade.
I am the unexpected flash
Beyond “yes,” beyond “no,”
The forerunner of the Word of God.
Follow my ways and I will lead you
To golden-haired suns,
Logos and music, blameless joys,
Innocent of questions
And beyond answers:
For I, Solitude, am thine own self:
I, Nothingness, am thy All.
I, Silence, am thy Amen!


Friday, February 19, 2016

Guest Blogger, C. Henri Maurice on the apostle/apostolate

“For him, nothing is trivial; a service rendered, an opportune visit, a greeting, a handshake, anything is useful, he makes everything serve his zeal. It is not given to all to perform brilliant acts, but there is no one who is unable to desire ardently the glory of God, to think of it constantly and to refer everything to this end. By self-multiplication, microscopic cells build up powerful organisms; thus the accumulation of infinitely tiny acts of the apostolate builds up the City of God. The share of each worker seems insignificant, even negligible; but the concerted efforts of myriads of hidden apostles produce magnificent results.”
By C. Henri Morice, in The Mother of Jesus, trans. By. Clara M. Sand, RSCJ, 1940 (pp.45-46).

Monday, February 25, 2013

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can."

Thomas Merton, Letter to Dorothy Day, quoted in Catholic Voices in a World on Fire (2005) by Stephen Hand, p. 180

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Guest Blogger, Asher Lev

"We have our faith. We have our work. Our work is to bring God into this world. Look at what has been done to this world in this godless century. It is a horror. Our task is to redeem this horror. We cannot redeem it by offering ambiguity."

-spoken by Asher Lev, p. 343, in The Giff of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Guest Blogger: St. Mark the Ascetic

'Do not say: "I do not know what is right, therefore I am not to blame when I fail to do it." For if you did all the good about which you do know, what you should do next would then become clear to you, as if you were passing through a house from one room to another. It is not helpful to know what comes later before you have done what comes first. For knowledge without action "puffs up", but "love edifies", because it "patiently accepts all things" (1 Cor. 8:1; 13:7).'
- St. Mark the Ascetic

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, in his Sermon on Our Lady

O you, whoever you are, who feel yourself tossed about on the stormy waters of life and exposed to all its violent tempests, turn not your eyes away from the shining light of this bright Star of the Sea, if you would not be overwhelmed by the storm. When a hurricane of temptation sweeps down upon you, and your ship is drifting on to the rocks, look up at the Star, call upon Mary. When buffeted by the billows of pride, of ambition, of bitterness, of envy, look up at the Star, call upon Mary. When anger or avarice or the allurements of the senses have beaten in upon the ship of the soul, look up to Mary. If you are crushed by a terrible burden of sin, if you are appalled at the foulness of a guilty conscience, if you are terrified at the thought of judgment, if you feel yourself sinking into an abyss of sadness, a whirlpool of despair, then think upon Mary, call upon her holy name. Following her you will not stray, invoking her you will never lose hope; thinking of her you will make no mistake: under her protection you need not fear; under her guidance you will feel no fatigue, and with her help you will win the victory. And so you will learn by your own experience how truly it is said ‘The Virgin’s name was Mary,’ how rightly she is called The Star of the Sea, Mary Queen of Peace.”

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Three gems from "The Shattered Lantern" by Ronald Rolheiser

1) "...touching the poor is the cure for a mediocre or dying faith."

2)  "...strength without compassion is violence;
compassion without justice is weakness;
justice without love is Marxism;
and love without justice is baloney!"

3) "Concrete contact with the poor is Christian contemplation. It knocks the scales off one's eyes."