For Solitude

May you recognize in your life the presence, Power and light of your soul. May you realize that you are never alone, That your soul in its brightness and belonging Connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe. May you have respect for your individuality and difference. May...

For David’s 60th…

FOR OLD AGE A reading from Benedictus: A Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue, Bantam Press, London, 2007. p.87   May the light of your soul mind you.   May all your worry and anxiousness about your age Be transfigured.   May you be given wisdom for the eyes...

Devotedness to God brings Perfect Contemplation

From Patanjali’s Meditation Yoga, Translation and Commentary by Vyn Bailey msc  SUTRA 45 SAMADHI-SIDDHIH ISVARA-PRANIDHANAT From devotedness to god comes perfection of contemplation SAMADHI contemplation SIDDHI efficiency • attainment • perfection ISVARA lord • ruler • prince • king • God PRANIDHANA devotion • devotedness After a meditation session at...

Personal Structure and Love

from the Daily Meditations of Cardinal Carlo Martini Study for the Last Supper, © Copyright 1993 Becki Jayne Harrelson, The intimacy between Jesus and the beloved disciple John, is presented in a striking way in this cameo taken from; Study for the Last Supper, (Oils on stretched canvas) by...

The Invitation

When I heard the words of this poem “The Invitation” I heard them as God’s words to me, and by consequence God’s people – humanity’s words to me, and then as I hear God calling me deeper I hear all of creation inviting me to be true. Too often...

Walking a Labyrinth – A journey of the heart

LABYRINTHS: A GUIDE Adapted from Rebecca Valette Boston College USA for use at St. Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park, NSW, Australia Walking the Meditation Labyrinth – Five Paths through the Labyrinth 1. The Path of Silence:  Empty your mind of the hubbub and commotion of the outer world....

Wangari Maathai dies

Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, has died of cancer at the age of 71, her family announced Monday. “It is with great sadness that the family of Professor Wangari Maathai announces her passing away on at the...

Empathy towards asylum seekers

A Crack in the Wall of Xenophobia by Ross Gittins, Sydney Morning Herald, February 23, 2011 Attitudes towards asylum seekers may be impervious to rational argument but not to emotion. Scientists used to think that chimpanzees – our close relatives – were a gentle, peace-loving species, until they observed...