Weekly Readings Newsletter

Readings for 23/9/2012

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

[One] reason why silence is so disturbing to us [is this]: As soon as we begin to become silent, we experience the relativity of our ordinary everyday mind. With this mind we measure our space and time coordinates, we calculate probabilities and count up our mistakes and successes.

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Readings for 16/9/2012

From Fr. John Main, "Purity of Heart," WORD MADE FLESH (London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009), pp. 58-59.

. . . .We often think of freedom merely as the freedom to do what we want to do.  But even the most rudimentary experience of making contact with the power of Jesus in meditation shows us that freedom is not essentially the power to do but the liberty to be who we are

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Readings for 9/9/2012

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB. “Dearest Friends,” WCCM International
Newsletter, Winter 2001.

Inner peace is hard to find at times of conflict and fear. We find it difficult to sit still when mind and feelings are in turmoil. It is easy to give up meditation at such times when it is most needed. So it helps to see that our meditation is not for ourselves alone.

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Readings for 2/9/2012

An excerpt from John Main OSB, "Straying from the Mantra," THE HEART OF
CREATION (London: Canterbury, 2007), pp. 9-11.

To learn to meditate we have to learn to be humble. . . . What does it mean to be humble? It means to begin to acknowledge that there is a reality outside of ourselves, that is greater than ourselves and that contains us.

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Readings for 26/8/2012

From Fr John Main, “Smashing the Mirror,” MOMENT OF CHRIST (New York: Continuum, 1998), pp. 50-51.

I do not think it is any exaggeration to say that original sin is self-consciousness, the hyper-self-consciousness of egoism, because self-consciousness gives rise to divided consciousness.

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Readings for 19/8/2012

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB, “Dearest Friends” in Christian Meditation Newsletter, Vol. 35, No. 2, July 2011, P. 5.

We are all looking for something. Some have a clear sense of it, at least a conscious awareness of something missing. But much of the time and for most of us, it remains a dull ache and a vague longing that endures through good and hard times alike.

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Readings for 12/8/2012

From John Main OSB, “A Call to the Fullness of Life,” MOMENT OF CHRIST (New York: Continuum, 1998), pp. 110-111.

One thing we learn in meditation is the priority of being over action. Indeed, no action has any meaning, or at least any lasting depth of meaning, unless it springs from being, from the depths of your own being. This is why meditation is a way that leads us away from shallowness to depth, to profundity.

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Readings for 5/8/2012

An Excerpt from John Main, “Being Present Now,” DOOR TO SILENCE: An Anthology for Christian Meditation (London: Canterbury Press, 2008), pp. 82-83.

If we are truly attentive to the mantra we cannot image God. We cannot construct any idea or icon of God.  In the context of this pure attention, pure faith, we learn that all images, ideas, memories and words fall short of the reality we are paying attention to.

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Readings for 29/7/2012

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman, OSB, “Frequent Flyer,” The Tablet, August 10, 2004.

In the dry heavy heat of a Tuscan afternoon the bus drops off retreatants, from several continents. They now have to walk carefully down a steep path toward the guest house and monastery. The path is a parable, made of narrow, ancient terracotta bricks, many crumbling, missing or replaced with new ones. . . 

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READINGS FOR 22/7/2012

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB, “Dearest Friends,” The World Community for Christian Meditation International Newsletter, Winter 2000.

As many Christians today find their leaders regressing into a rigid sectarianism, they are learning to find in their ancient contemplative wisdom a truer expression of the teachings of Jesus.; It is not those who mouth “Lord, Lord: who “please the Father,” but those who “do the Father’s will.

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