March 1/Lent 1: Return to the Way

•March 7, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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DEWI DŴR (David of the Water – St David) in wild west Wales, Jesus across the Jordan and every woman, man, child of God is led and must be led by the Spirit, from time to time, into the wilderness. This is not to retreat from life or to escape the responsibilities of our calling to be church among the people. On the contrary, without this being led, this submission to the will of the Spirit, we can do nothing of any true consequence in our societies, church or anywhere else. In the wilderness we are all tested, all tempted. But the devil who tempts us is not some wicked fairy with horns, whom we might safely dismiss as not being real because science and reason tell us so. The devil who tempts us is our own programme or strategy for self-worth, importance, relevance, happiness etc. In the wilderness of intentional contemplation, we are faced with all these and more. That’s why many people avoid or give up contemplative practice. The agitation of our programmes is uncomfortable, even excruciating to our ego. Ironically, it is easier to bury ourselves in the illusion of action, illusive because the action cannot be effective if rooted in ego rather than Spirit. Be brave. Go where the Spirit leads. This is the meaning and the gift of Lent.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN

•February 12, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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A reading of the NRSV translation. Here are the chapter start timings:-

Chapter 1 – 0 minutes 1 second

Chapter 2 – 7 mins 60 secs

Chapter 3 – 11 m 50 s

Chapter 4 – 17 m 45 s

Chapter 5  – 25 m 55 s

Chapter 6 – 33 m 10 s

Chapter 7 – 45 m 55 s

Chapter 8 – 53 m 31 s

Chapter 9 – 1 hour 3 m 40 s

Chapter 10 – 1 h 10 m 32 s

Chapter 11 –  1 h 17 m 22 s

Chapter 12 – 1 h 27 m 23 s

Chapter 13 – 1 h 36 m 10 s

Chapter 14 – 1 h 43 m 0 s

Chapter 15 – 1 h 49 m 10 s

Chapter 16 – 1 h 53 m 50 s

Chapter 17 – 2 h 0 m 13 s

Chapter 18 – 2 h 7 m 45 s

Chapter 19 – 2 h 16 m 20 s

Chapter 20 – 2 h 23 m 10 s

Chapter 21 – 2 h 30 m 12 s

ADVENT REFLECTION 16: HAIL MARY

•December 26, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Didgeridoo prayer to Mary, recorded at Jean Vanier’s chapel in Trosly, France.

ADVENT RECORDING 16: LETTING GOD IN

•December 24, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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A reflection on Matthew 1. 18-25

ADVENT RECORDING 15: I AM SPIRITUAL BUT NOT RELIGIOUS

•December 20, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Screenshot_2019-12-20 Contemplative Outreach Ltd Silence Solitude Solidarity ServiceThomas Keating’s teachings about spirituality, particularly in relation to centring prayer, have been a recuring theme during the recordings I have made for you so far in Advent. Today, here is a recording of Thomas  himself, in which he responds to the popular notion of this time that, while religion is not seen anymore as being helpful, there is a growing spiritual hunger. Many recordings, books  and videos of and by Fr Keating are available through Contemplative Outreach website https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/

ADVENT RECORDING 14: POBBLES AND THE SEAGULL

•December 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment

When we can’t seem to share the practice though we know it is what is needed, we must simply return to the practice and let go, trust God and wait until the time comes to share. God’s will be done, not ours.

 

ADVENT RECORDING 13: THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE

•December 18, 2019 • 1 Comment

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Transformation through contemplative practice is like a spiral staircase, Thomas Keating teaches in his book, “Intimacy With God, An Introduction To Centering Prayer”. Today’s contemplation comes from this teaching. You will need half an hour to listen to it all. If you have traveled the path of practice a while now, past the early phases of spiritual consolation, this will help you get through the more difficult terrain that follows them.

 
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