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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.

Making all Things New

Making All Things New             When we look at the big picture today, we can discern that most people are searching for God whether they know it or not, searching in whatever strange ways.    The current virus is a wake-up call saying, “Stop and reflect.” “Why are you disturbed?”  “What matters to you?”  “Where are ...
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Adjusting to a New Reality

Talk by Br. Thomas Crutcher 22 mins. Br. Thomas describes Paul's extraordinary conversion and his subsequent need to integrate that grace. During this season of 'plague' Thomas asks what graces might one encounter and how can we be Eastered in such a season? ...
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Talking to a Stranger

Talking to a Stranger One of the strangest features of the resurrection narratives is precisely this theme of the otherness, the unrecognizability, of the risen Jesus. Three major stories (Luke’s Emmaus episode, John’s account of Mary Magdalene at the tomb, and the ‘Galilean fantasia’ which concludes his Gospel) underline the point. Whatever the experiences of ...
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Easter Stammerings

This Easter Octave week we are dealing with the entire drama of the pashcal mystery, the heart of our faith, the sacrament. All these happenings compressed into a few days. All we can do is stammer or write poetry. So much density and intensity. I hear the Readings ask: Who is Jesus? What is grace? ...
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Courage Unparalleled

Beginning with a poem by Denise Levertov Sr. Ceil speaks to our own experiences of decision that require graced courage and that in the end could open us utterly ...
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