- Jan 25, 2021
“Writing is a form of contemplation.” — Thomas Merton, monk and spiritual writer “Writing is a form of praying.” — John Keats, poet “I’m not sure I could contemplate at all if it wasn’t for the fact that I have spent most of my life surrendering to the experience of
When Thomas Merton was master of scholastics at the Monastery at Gethsemani in 1962, he remarked that “everyone should get spiritual direction.” This was a wildly radical notion for its time. Back then, the only people who received spiritual direction — in the West, at least — were ordained clergy.
I do not feel better in the morning, actually. Here’s the schedule through Friday morning, when we’re done: 7 to 8 a.m. Meditate 8 a.m. Breakfast in silence 9:30 a.m. Death presentation and group discussion, where we get to talk, supervised 10:30 to 11:30 Meditate Noon: Lunch in silence 3:30
Here’s how I spent my summer vacation: at a weeklong retreat in an old nun’s convent, in silence. The theme: Death and Dying, Life and Living. Not very upbeat, I know. I walk into the dining room Friday night, late for 6 p.m. dinner. I look around at 40 or
If you’d like to try a retreat, at home, via iPad or laptop, here’s an opportunity. Starting Monday, Sept 8, “Care of the Soul” and “Soul Mates” author Thomas Moore, a former Catholic monk, begins a one-month online retreat called “Holy Fool.” The focus is on “lightening up” what may