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March 20 Readings


WCCM LogoAn excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB, “The Labyrinth,” JESUS THE TEACHER WITHIN(New York: Continuum, 2000), pp. 230-31.

Are we prepared to practice detachment from what we instinctively know is our most precious possession: our separate identity? Relationship with [Jesus] the teacher at this point is of supreme importance. It allows us to risk our own death. By now the discipline of the mantra has led to the fortifying sense of discipleshipwhich empowers us to let ourselves go. 

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March 13 Readings

WCCM LogoLaurence Freeman OSB, "Spirit," JESUS THE TEACHER WITHIN (New York: Continuum, 2000), pp. 186 87.

The joy of realizing the truth is the bliss of the Spirit. It erases the shame of all previous failures. Aware that this Spirit of truth is with us as a friend, we are better able to tolerate in others and in ourselves what has not yet reached fullness of being. . .Truth is tolerant because the Spirit is forgiving love. It allows the untrue to survive for the time being as a loving parent allows a child to make mistakes. Truth embraces rather than excommunicates its enemies. 

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March 6 Readings

WCCM LogoLaurence Freeman OSB, "Letter Nine," COMMON GROUND (New York:
Continuum, 1999), pp. 104-105.

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February 27 Readings

John Main OSBJohn Main OSB, “Death and Resurrection,” MOMENT OF CHRIST (New York: Continuum, 1998), pp. 68-70.

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February 20 Readings

John Main OSBJohn Main, OSB, “God’s Two Silences,” THE WAY OF UNKNOWING (New York: Crossroad, 1990), pp. 6-8.

We live in a very unsilent world. We live in a world that is so full of bombarding foreground and background noise that we hear everything at once and listen to nothing. And yet each one of us is called into the state of prayer, of pure attention, of expansion of spirit in the eternal silence of God.

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February 13 Readings

WCCM Logo“The Silence of the Soul,” by Laurence Freeman OSB in THE TABLET 10 May 1997.

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February 6 Readings


Laurence Freeman OSB, “Meditation,” JESUS THE TEACHER WITHIN(New York: Continuum, 2000), pp. 212-213.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus identified material concerns as our main source of anxiety. How can we make ourselves more comfortable and reduce personal suffering? This is the major preoccupation that obscures the present moment and disrupts true priorities.

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January 30 Readings

WCCM LogoLaurence Freeman OSB,
“The Fear of Death,” THE SELFLESS SELF
(London: Darton, Longman, Todd, 1989), pp. 129-131.

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January 23 Readings

John Main OSBJohn Main OSB, “The Wholeness of God,” MOMENT OF CHRIST (New York: Continuum, 1998), pp. 83-85.

We have to learn, and it is absolutely necessary that we do learn it, that only one thing is necessary, because only one thing is. All of us must therefore address our own lack of discipline. We must bring our restless wandering minds to stillness. It is one of the first great lessons in humility we learn, when we realize that we come to wisdom and stillness, and we pass beyond distraction, only through the gift of God. . . .[A]ll we have to do is to dispose ourselves, and this we do by becoming silent, to the infinity of God. We learn to be silent by being content to say our mantra in humble fidelity.

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January 16 Readings

WCCM LogoFrom Fr Laurence Freeman, OSB: Dearest Friends, January 1997 WCCM International Newsletter.

To allow [the] pattern of daily meditation to take hold amid all the other patterns of our lives, not just imaginatively but actually, is a challenge to the best of us; to the best in us.  It is a mundane introduction to the cosmic law of sacrifice.  There is an Indian story which tells how Vishnu came every day to offer worship to Shiva by offering a thousand lotuses at her feet.  One day, after a few thousand years of such worship, he discovered as he lay the lotuses down that were only 999 that day. (Such things happen occasionally). Without delay he plucked out one of his eyes, beautiful, shaped like a lotus and completed the offering with it by placing it among the 999.

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