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Be Like Soft Wax

I know I have sung the praises of the book ‘Celebrating the Seasons’ before and make no apologies for doing so again as it continues to throw up delights even when reading it for a third year.  333 more words

Religious Thoughts

"…to the Palace of Nowhere"

James Finley reflects on Thomas Merton’s Path to the Palace of Nowhere. This contemplative approach speaks of hardships as an opening of the heart, leading to a “visceral” awareness, a heightening of the senses, and the experience of fulfillment in this moment…in every moment. 357 more words

Live Love Meditate

Dear Reader: I prayed for you today........

“If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy. If you write for men–you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while. 329 more words

Monday with Merton

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.

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Thomas Merton

Tuesday State of the Blog(ger)

I have a bit of a big announcement to make…well, three of them…

1. I have decided not to return to seminary, at least not for a long time. 419 more words

Walker Percy and Peter Handke

One of the many pleasures of publishing with Farrar, Straus, Percy had learned over the years, was receiving copies of their newly published books. Percy usually found a few titles on each season’s list that strongly grabbed his attention, but one book on the fall 1974 list, a collection of two novellas and a memoir by the Austrian writer Peter Handke, so greatly impressed him that he wrote a note of praise to Giroux: “The book by Peter Handke is a joy.” Percy liked all three pieces, “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick,” “Short Letter, Long Farewell,” and “A Sorrow Beyond Dreams,” but the last in particular, which deals with the suicide of Hanke’s mother, deeply affected Percy. 261 more words

Philosophical Literature

Having The Guts To Fall Apart

Some say there is no heaven.  Others will tell you they don’t believe in a God.  Yet our stores prove that we do believe in something spiritual, something eternal. 802 more words

Human Being