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Daily Meditations

Hope Against Darkness; The Naked Now »

March 15th, 2012

Picture yourself before the crucified Jesus and recognize that he became what we are all afraid of and what we all deny: nakedness, exposure, vulnerability and failure. He became “sin” to free us from sin (Romans 8:3), the Cosmic Scapegoat who reveals our worst and best souls to those who will gaze long enough (John 19:37).

Saint Benedict the Righteous of Nursia »

March 14th, 2012

This Saint, whose name means “blessed,” was born in 480 in Nursia, a small town about seventy miles northeast of Rome. He struggled in asceticism from his youth in deserted regions, where his example drew many who desired to emulate him.

In the Spirit of Happiness; Heaven Begins Within You »

March 13th, 2012

Most people probably understand happiness in very earthly and materialistic terms, ranging from having no responsibilities or cares to having two beautiful cars in the garage. For others, it means enough prestige, power, money, and health that they need never worry. But is this what happiness means?

The Repose of Saint Symeon »

March 12th, 2012

The Repose of Saint Symeon the New Theologian Symeon (949-1022) is one of the greatest mystic-poets of world literature. He was an aristocrat who became a monk in Constantinople and was head of a small monastery there [Saint Mamas], for which he wrote extensive treatises (Catecheses) outlining the elements of the ascetic life. He experienced hostility from the imperial court and was deposed as abbot in 1005 and sent into […]

God is Not the Summit »

March 9th, 2012

No, the God of Christians is not the summit – reassuring and plain to see – of a pyramid of beings. He is the depth who reveals depths everywhere, making of the most familiar creature a thing unknown. We are like drunken potholers; every face we see reveals the hidden side of the earth. It is a wonderful and compelling vision. ‘Do not try to distinguish between the worthy and […]