Vision Quest, part I

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a Vision Quest is a solitary vigil by an adolescent Native American boy to seek spiritual power and to learn through a vision the identity of his guardian spirit. Native Americans believe that each human is put on this earth for a special reason.  That reason is not always clear to […]

Free the Angel

Several years ago, one of my spiritual guides introduced me to the work and spirituality of Thomas Merton.  I continue to explore it every day.  His frequent reference to “point vierge” [literally translated as ‘the virgin point’] has been an important concept in my continuing quest to learn who I truly am.  Merton writes: “The […]

The Sign of Peace

I practice Catholicism because it is right for me.  As we approach the International Day of Peace, I cannot help but think of a practice I enthusiastically perform each day I attend Mass at the Lady of the Desert Chapel at the Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks. Shortly after the congregation prays “The Lord’s […]

Where Would You Live

Last week, we began our ‘poll experiment.’  In the “What IF” post, I explained that the poll would appear in the right side bar, and it does.  Other bloggers advise me to include each poll in its own separate post.  That is what I am attempting to do here. Here’s where I’m going with this […]

What IF …

I am attempting to initiate a ‘poll’ process on tVM project.  Hopefully, the poll will appear in the right sidebar.  Please participate.  As a young boy, I remember playing “20 Questions” on long trips with my family, on bus trips with my teammates, etc.  During this test phase of tVM polls, I plan to ask […]

A Plea for Giving

“When dealing with others, be gentle and kind …”  So wrote Lao Tzu as we posted several weeks ago when we presented verse 8 of the Tao Te Ching.  The more I think about that single sentence, the more I am moved to action.  A year ago, Deacon Ken McNealy, permanent Deacon of the Diocese […]