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Contemplation puts us in touch intuitively and lovingly with the truth. It helps us develop wisdom, a God’s eye view of reality. Perhaps a talk, an insight, or a recommended book or film will draw you deeper into both wisdom and the truest form of love.

We Live Forward but Understand Backwards by Sr. Ceil: 16 min.

Since Jesus, our resurrected Christ, is alive, we can find him in the Word and in the Eucharist ...
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The Dark Night for Ordinary People by Sr. Ceil: 38 min.

Sr. Ceil uses practical examples to help us understand how God is trying to take us to someplace new. Please click below to hear Sr. Ceils teaching on the Dark Night of the Soul ...
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Prayer is a Yearning for God’s Presence

In a little book called Contemplative Prayer, Thomas Merton asks, “What is the purpose of meditation in the sense of 'the prayer of the heart'?" He says we seek the deepest ground of our identity in God. And we want to gain a direct existential grasp, a personal experience of the truths of life and ...
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A Night More Lovely Thank the Dawn

When We Gathered A Night More Lovely Than the Dawn “I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you Which shall be the darkness of God… But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.”  (T.S. Eliot “East Coker”) “It is impossible to please God ...
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Popular Poet Takes Comfort in Jesus

When Mary Oliver died recently, I retrieved her book Thirst (2007), which combines nature, grief, and finding faith through the Church which she discovered in the midst of her sorrow after losing her long-time partner. She does not appear to have a background in any religion which, I think, aids her childlike wonder combined with ...
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