Category Archives: Hermits of the Holy Cross

HOPE – The Perceivable Grace

“Why are you cast down, my Soul.  Why groan within me?  HOPE in God; I will Praise Him still….”                     (PS 43:5) Yesterday, I spoke of a perceptible emptiness I called, Faith.  Today, it’s all about HOPE. I believe as Christians … Continue reading

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FAITH – A Perceptible Emptiness

FAITH – A Perceptible Emptiness Speaking now of Faith as one of the three Theological Virtues, and not the faith one has in one’s youthful strength or good health or strong will or financial independence.  Such faith has little to … Continue reading

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The Sign of Jonas58 by Thomas Merton

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The Sign of Jonas57 by Thomas Merton

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WATER

Earlier this week, I posted a blog about entering into one’s actions consciously, rather than from learned behavior patterns automatically performed from habit; reactive conditioned behaviors proceeding from the ego- portion of our conscious Mind, if you will.  Well, it … Continue reading

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LENT: A Time To Surrender What Is Most False

“Repent” means “change the direction in which you are looking for happiness.” The call to repentance is the invitation to take stock of our emotional programs for happiness based on instinctual needs and to change them. This is the fundamental … Continue reading

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Contemplative Psalmody

“How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord God of Hosts!” “Oh God, be gracious and bless us…” “Why are you cast down my soul; why groan within me?”  After years of praying the Psalms of the Divine Office (excerpts above), … Continue reading

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Suffering as Prayer

One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates … Continue reading

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LENTEN PRACTICE – A Call To The Center

The MIND BELL is an App available from the Google Play Store or from Apple, if you have an iPhone. It’s a Free download and it works very well.  As a Lenten Practice, you can set it to Gong every … Continue reading

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A SIMPLE LENTEN PRACTICE

In The Rule of St. Benedict it is written of the Monks that all of their life is meant to be lived as one continual Lent. But, that during the actual Season of Lent, an additional Practice is to be … Continue reading

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