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True Self and False Self: Discovering Self in Discovering God »

July 8th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. For Merton, the spiritual life is a journey in which we discover ourselves in discovering God, and discover God in discovering our true self hidden in God. Merton writes: The secret of my identity is hidden in the love and mercy of God. But whatever is […]

True Self and False Self: Our Ultimate Identity »

July 1st, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) developed wonderful insights into the true self and false self. James Finley, one of CAC’s core faculty members, lived and prayed with Merton for six years at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. This week Jim shares some of what he learned from this great contemplative teacher. Merton’s whole spirituality, in one way or another, pivots on the question of ultimate human identity. Merton’s message is that […]

Persons in Communion: The Disciplines of Communion (Part II) »

June 27th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

The training of our consciousness enables us to recover an immediacy of response to anybody’s face, however spoilt, haggard, or careworn, and precisely because it is such. God loves this person here and now, in their very ordinariness, their cowardice, their loneliness, their sin. Our consciousness being awakened, the eye of the heart is opened, and we begin to see with the eyes of God. Then we can put ourselves […]

Grace and the Frog »

June 21st, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Stephen Freeman, April 24, 2015  When David completed the Book of Psalms he was uplifted with satisfaction. He said to God, “Does there exist any creature which You created anywhere in the entire universe which sings songs and praises which surpass mine?” At that moment a frog passed and said, “David, do not be uplifted with pride, for I sing songs and praises which surpass yours! … Not only […]

Persons in Communion: The Disciplines of Communion (Part I) »

June 20th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

We can now give an outline of the disciplines of communion. The first thing, before love is even mentioned, is humility, and what humility becomes when it is exercised towards another person, that is, respect. Respect rejects all self-interested curiosity, all possession of souls. Some people undergo a strict regime of self-denial to free themselves from carnal desire, only to fall prey to a more exquisite desire, that for souls. […]