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Readings for 18/12/2011

From Fr John Main OSB, “Letter Ten, December 18, 1979,” LETTERS FROM THE HEART (New York: Crossroad, 1988), pp. 119-20.

Christmas is a feast that can open the hearts of all of us to the presence of Christ. It puts before us the great qualities of innocence and hope that we need if we are to awaken to his light, and it fills us with confidence because it tells us that the old age has ended.

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Readings for 11/12/2011

An excerpt from John Main OSB, “Space to Be,” MOMENT OF CHRIST (New York:
Continuum, 1998), pp. 92-93.

To know ourselves, to understand ourselves and to . . .get ourselves and our problems in perspective, we simply must make contact with our spirit.

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Readings for 3/12/2011

From Laurence Freeman OSB, “Advent Message: Week 1”

Stay Awake. This is the teaching of Jesus in the gospel for the first Sunday of Advent – the preparation time for Christmas.

I have been traveling in S America and Asia in the past few weeks and have seen the various effects of the global financial crisis.

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Readings for 27/11/2011

Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB, "Dearest Friends," The WCCM International Newsletter, October 1997, pp. 2-7.

St Anthony of the Desert once spoke to his monks about the judgment day which they would each confront in their moment of death.  He told them that they would not be judged on how far they had become like him, or like any of the other great masters of the desert, but to what degree they had become truly themselves.

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Readings for 20/11/2011

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB, “Understanding Faith,” in FIRST SIGHT: The Experience of Faith (London: Continuum, 2011) pp. 14-15.

Confusing faith with belief and so separating them traps us in the Law—within things we can define, regulations we can enforce, specific creedal formulas that justify us in rejecting others.

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Readings for 13/11/2011

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB, "Dearest Friends," WCCM International Newsletter, December 2000.

The holiness of minute particulars, as Blake called it, is the sacredness of all incarnation: when words take flesh, faith becomes active in love and promises made are kept.

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Readings for 5/10/2011

An excerpt from “Dearest Friends,” Laurence Freeman OSB in the Newsletter of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Vol 32, No. 3, September 2008, p. 4.

When the force of faith is set free in the human person it impels us to experience reality beyond words, images, and ideas. We then discover that the filters of metaphor, however useful and necessary they may be at one level, can also (and need to) be deactivated if faith is to grow.

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Readings for 30/10/2011

An excerpt from John Main OSB, "The Unreality of Fear," THE HEART OF CREATION (New York: Continuum. 1998), pp. 24-25.

As we read the gospel we see that a choice is set before us. The alternative is between love and fear. Fear is destructive and corrosive, whether it is the fear of disease, war or famine or whether it is fear of supernatural, angry vengeful gods who must be placated by compulsive rituals.

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Readings for 23/10/2011

From John Main OSB, “The Silence of Love,” WORD MADE FLESH (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2006), pp. 29-30.

Language is so weak in explaining the fullness of the mystery. That is why the absolute silence of meditation is so supremely important. We do not try to think of God, talk to God or imagine God.

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Readings for 16/10/2011

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB, “Understanding Faith,” in FIRST SIGHT: The Experience of Faith (London: Continuum, 2011), pp. 12-14.

A new understanding of faith demolishes the prison of belief. It liberates religious people into a world of compassionate action expressed in the parable of the Good Samaritan.

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