JESUS: Baptism Of The Lord—A Tale Of Intimacy by Kathleen Norris

January 9, 2017

From The Cloister Walk True intimacy is frightening, and I was well into my marriage before I realized that I either had to seek it or live a lie.  Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state.  I have shared great intimacy with several people; my friend dying of cancer for whom I would hold (and later clean) the bowls in which she frequently had to vomit; the monk homosexual and resolutely celibate, with whom I’ve shared the deepest confidences.  But it is only with my husband that I feel the mystery Saint Paul speaks of in Ephesians, our lives so intertwined that they feel like “one flesh.” I had forgotten how much marriage imagery there is in this feast that ends the [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Twelfth Station — Jesus Dies On The Cross, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

March 9, 2013

From The Journey to Peace Near the cross of Jesus there stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. Seeing his mother there with the disciple whom he loved, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, there is your son.”  In turn he said to the disciple, “there is your mother.”  From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his care.  After that, Jesus realizing that everything was not finished, said to fulfill the Scripture, “I am thirsty.”  There was ajar there, full of common wine.  They stuck a sponge soaked in this wine on some hyssop and raised it to his lips.  When Jesus took the wine, he said, “Now it is finished.”  Then he bowed his [...]

LENT: Wednesday of the Third Week in Lent, by Henri J. M. Nouwen

March 6, 2013

From Show Me The Way But take care, as you value your lives!  Do not forget the things which you yourselves have seen, or let them slip from your heart as long as you live; teach them, rather, to your children and to your children’s children. — Deuteronomy 4:9 Indeed it is in memory that we enter into a nurturing and sustaining relationship with Christ.  In his farewell discourse Jesus said to his disciples, “It is for your own good that I am going, because unless I go, the Advocate will not come to you; but when the Spirit the truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth.” (John 16:7, 13)  Here Jesus reveals to his closest friends that only in memory will real intimacy with him be possible, that only in [...]

POETRY: Meister Eckhart—Five Poems

December 5, 2012

When I Was The Forest When I was the stream, when I was the forest, when I was still the field when I was every hoof, foot, fin and wing, when I was the sky itself, no one ever asked me did I have a purpose, no one ever wondered was there anything I might need, for there was nothing I could not love. It was when I left all we once were that the agony began, the fear and questions came, and I wept, I wept. And tears I had never known before. So I returned to the river, I returned to the mountains. I asked for their hand in marriage again, I begged—I begged to wed every object and creature, and when they accepted, God was ever present in my arms. And He did not say, “Where have you been?” For then I knew my soul—every soul— has [...]


November 23, 2012

This has been a time of digging for me.  An unusual thing for me to do, to spend time praying and having visions about my emotional make-up.  Most usually, this has always been spent on studying the nature of God. Not me.  Never me.  And most certainly not or never on emotions.  (I feel like a teenage girl about to go, eeeeuuuuwwwwww.) And the thing about periods of personal spiritual growth is that I always, always wind up learning something huge about myself.  It’s as though it is a time of turn-around, of about-facing and seeing myself from a completely different viewpoint. And it’s always been about my relationship with God.  And, for me, it always comes back to shame. I can remember many times reading those I [...]

PRAYER: Intimacy, Art, and Meditation by Morton T. Kelsey

November 10, 2012

From The Other Side of Silence: A Guide to Christian Meditation One reason that we so often discuss prayer only superficially and intellectually is because this, in some ways, is the most personal and intimate aspect of one’s life.  Speaking about it is like laying oneself open for public examination.  Our meditations reveal what matters most to us, and it is not easy to stand naked before others in our weakness and fear and exaltation.  Perhaps it seems strange that contact with the Holy should be such a difficult experience to share.  Yet this is like telling of the intimate aspects of one’s love life. In reality meditation is the record of one’s love life with God.  Sharing it with another person is like taking someone into [...]

GOD 101: Intimacy, by Carlo Carretto

August 28, 2012

From The God Who Comes Marital love is an image, however, pale, of the reality which develops little by little between the Absolute and the creature, between God and humankind, between Yahweh and Israel. In marital love it is not enough to study the beloved, write poems, or receive cards from far away.  Couples must marry, say “yes” to one another, go behind the veil of intimacy, delight in one another — exultantly, become close, cultivate friendship, stay together as much as possible, coalesce their wills, make two things one, as scripture says. But pretending to know the other just by studying him in books or photographs means remaining outside real knowledge, real mystery. Today, many persons who seek or study God do just that.  [...]