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 […]

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 […]

Thomas Merton, Chief Yellow Lark and the Gifts of Sunrise and Sunset …

Oh, to be thankful for what we have and not rue what we do not have!  That is noble and worthy of the Vitruvian Man. I wish I knew more about Chief Yellow Lark.  Many months ago, I learned the Sioux prayer whose translation is attributable to him.  Yet search as I might, I find […]

Confluence of Faith, Aldous Huxley and Ruth …

The Vitruvian Man seeks the confluence of faith, not its divergence.  This confluence is not difficult to find, and all religions teach it.  If we open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts, we will see it there.  Our objective is to fuel the universe with God and to do that, we must understand that […]

Birds and Contemplation

I believe in the power of contemplation, that it can enlighten a mind and put a troubled soul at rest.  My original intent with this blog was to reflect on one of my favorite passages by Thomas Merton: “When no one listens to the quiet trees, When no one notices the sun in the pool […]

The Fuel that Runs the Universe

At a recent BBQ, I tossed out a simple question: “Anyone here familiar with C.S. Lewis?”  Everyone over 30 looked at me like I had a third eye in the middle of my forehead.  A young friend under 30 gave an answer typical of his youth, “He’s the guy who wrote the flick ‘Narnia.’”  While […]