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Our Spirits Long To Soar

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“Our spirits long to soar like eagles, to be filled with inspiration, to feel the love that flows between us and our Creator. But until we are willing to relinquish all forms of judgment and attack, we will remain half-dead and unaware of the splendor that awaits us.”

~ Gerald Jampolsky, Teach Only Love

Painting by Hans Baluschek (1917)

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Renegotiate Your Mind and Heart

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“When you agree to live simply, you have time for spiritual and corporal works of mercy because you have renegotiated in your mind and heart your very understanding of time and its purposes. Time is not money, despite the common aphorism. Time is life itself!

When you agree to live simply, people cease to be possessions and objects for your consumption or use. Your lust for relationships or for others to serve you, your need for admiration, your desire to use people or things as commodities for your personal pleasure, or any need to control and manipulate others, slowly—yes, very slowly—falls away. Only then are you free to love.”

~ Richard Rohr

Painting by Paul Gauguin (1888)

Merton’s Prayer For Silence

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Lady, Queen of Heaven,

pray me into solitude and silence and unity,
that all my ways may be immaculate in God.

Let me be content with whatever darkness surrounds me,
finding him always by me, in his mercy.

Let me keep silence in this world,
except in so far as God wills and in the way he wills it.

Let me at least disappear into the writing I do.
It should mean nothing special to me,
nor harm my recollection.
The work could be a prayer;
its results should not concern me.

Amen.

Prayer For Silence, by Thomas Merton

Painting by Alfred Sisley (1877)

Riverbed of Mercy

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“There is something in you that is not touched by coming and going, by up and down, by for or against, by the raucous team of totally right or totally wrong. There is a part of you that is patient with both goodness and evil, exactly as God is. There is a part of you that does not rush to judgment or demand closure now. Rather, it stands vigilant and patient in the tragic gap that almost every moment offers.

God is a riverbed of mercy. It is vast, silent, restful, and resourceful, and it receives and also lets go of all the comings and goings. It is awareness itself (as opposed to judgment itself), and awareness is not, as such, “thinking.” It refuses to be pulled into the emotional and mental tugs of war that most of life is. To look out from this untouchable silence is what we mean by contemplation.”

~ Richard Rohr

Set Your Soul

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Snow Can never emit flame.

Water can never issue fire.

A thorn bush can never produce a fig.

Just so, your heart can never be free from oppressive thoughts, words, and actions until it has purified itself internally.

Be eager to walk this path.

Watch your heart always.

Constantly say the prayer “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.”

Be humble.

Set your soul in quietness.

~ Hesychios