Beyond the Face of Fear

7.25.2021 A selection from "Touching Reality" by Laurence Freeman (a tape series available from
A group of meditators walked part of the Camino to Santiago August 2019

7.25.2021. An excerpt from John Main OSB, “Stability” in The Hunger for Depth and Meaning, ed. Peter Ng (Singapore: Medio Media, 2007), 151.


We live in a world that makes great demands on most of us. [S]tress and strain take their toll on so many. . . . In [his] Rule, St Benedict offers stability as one of the principal objectives [of life]. To be stable we need to be sure of ourselves. We need to be sure, confident, that we would not be blown away by the first storm winds that come up. [. . . .]


Meditation is a way to this stability, the stability that is the reality of our own being. Saying the mantra is like dropping the anchor, anchoring yourself in the depths of your own being. [ . . . .] [R]eal stability for each of us can only come when we are firmly anchored in God. The extraordinary discovery for us to make is that once we are anchored in our true selves, we are anchored in God. [A]t the same time, we discover our own fragility; we can so easily be tossed around by the storms of life. But also at the same time we discover our own extraordinary potential: to be one with the energy of God, with the power to expand our lives ourselves, into generosity, into love, into life, into eternal life, which is to say limitless life. 

After meditation: “blessing the boats” by Lucille Clifton in POETRY OF PRESENCE, ed. Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby Wilson (West Hartford: Grayson, 2017), p. 198.

blessing the boats


(at St. Mary’s)


may the tide

that is entering even now

the lip of our understanding

carry you out

beyond the face of fear

may you kiss

the wind then turn from it

certain that it will

love your back may you

open your eyes to water

water waving forever

and may you in your innocence

sail through this to that

Image: A group of meditators walking part of the Camino to Santiago – August 2019

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