Vision Quest III: June 20, 2012

At ‘oh-dark-thirty’ Saturday morning, I sat in my back yard staring into the dark sky in the direction of Orion the Hunter in the hope of spotting a meteor or two as the Earth passes through the dust of Halley’s Comet.  The annual event is called the Orionid Meteor Shower.  In the stillness of the […]

Vision Quest, part II: Three Notable Vision Quests

The population of the world is approximately 7 billion, and nearly 60% of all men, women and children on this planet claim to practice one of these three religions: Christianity     2.1 billion Islam              1.5 billion Buddhism        376 million Common among these three religions is […]

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 […]

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 […]