How can we tell people they are walking around shining like the sun? Here is a sonnet I wrote inspired by Psalm 8, Thomas Merton, and by a recent experience at our local soup kitchen.
A sonnet (of sorts) inspired by the Christian monk and writer, Thomas Merton.
The desert fathers and mothers from the 3rd and 4th centuries remind us that when we spend our time criticizing everything, "we drag one another down into the abyss." So let's talk about things that are good for our souls.
Learning from Henri Nouwen to be faithful to my vocation to "do well the few things that I am called to do."
Here are the prayers for Thursday morning, from my booklet of weekly prayers, "Poems, Prayers, Psalms, and Promises."
Today, I am thinking with gratitude of one of my spiritual mentors and heroes in the faith, Thomas Merton, who entered the Abbey of Gethsemane monastery in Kentucky on this day, December 10th, in 1941, and then died on this same day in 1968. My life of faith has been deeply influenced by this remarkable man, so here are a few thoughts that I feel led to share.
Are you feeling anxious and stressed out? Are you finding it difficult to pray? Is so, then I want to share with you a simple spiritual practice that I have found helpful, the practice of breathing, and letting our breathing become prayer.