Tag: lenten reflection

Good Friday Hope

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. – George Iles

Have Hope in the Possible

Jesus did not have a pessimistic view of the world. He did not propose asceticism or withdrawal, or demand an “ethic of absolutes” impossible to practice in real life. Rather, he described behavior governed by the love of God and demonstrated its possibility in… Continue Reading “Have Hope in the Possible”

Hope Requires Trust in Providence

Providence is the faith that nothing can prevent us from fulfilling the ultimate meaning of our existence. Providence does not mean a divine planning by which everything is predetermined, as is an efficient machine. Rather, Providence means that there is a creative and saving… Continue Reading “Hope Requires Trust in Providence”

The Miracle of Love

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted. – C.S. Lewis

Seeing with Beginners Sight

What kind of seeing should we do during this Lenten season? In Buddhism they talk about Beginner’s Mind. Perhaps we should work at Beginners Sight. Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time… Continue Reading “Seeing with Beginners Sight”

Proust on Truly Seeing

I have always appreciated this quote by Marcel Proust: The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Meister Eckhart on Sight

On this 4th Sunday of Lent, we read how Jesus heals the man who had been born blind. So this week we will reflect on sight. The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye… Continue Reading “Meister Eckhart on Sight”

Thirst by Mary Oliver

Another morning and I wake with thirst
 for the goodness I do not have. I walk out to the pond and all the way God has
 given us such beautiful lessons. Oh Lord, I was never a quick scholar but sulked
 and hunched over… Continue Reading “Thirst by Mary Oliver”

Good Things to Thirst for

Yogis are drunk on discipline. Priests are drunk on scriptures. Celibates are drunk on vanity. Monks are drunk on prestige. So what’s left for you? What could you possibly get drunk on? I recommend being drunk on peace, being drunk on joy, being drunk… Continue Reading “Good Things to Thirst for”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

In Lent, as in any season, a poem from Rumi is a welcome reflection From “A Thirsty Fish” by Rumi I don’t get tired of you. Don’t grow weary of being compassionate toward me! All this thirst equipment must surely be tired of me, the… Continue Reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection”