“If you ask for grace to realize who you are, ask also for the courage you will need to do so. To realize who you are, you will have to walk through all the shadows in your inner landscape. It is not easy. You will need to give up all your views about yourself again … More The Inner Journey
Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we … More Thomas Merton: The Core Of Our Reality
“Totally without hope one cannot live. To live without hope is to cease to live. Hell is hopelessness. It is no accident that above the entrance to Dante’s hell is the inscription: “Leave behind all hope, you who enter here.” Prof. Jürgen Moltmann, in ‘Theology of Hope’. Moltmann articulates the truth at the heart of … More Moltmann: ‘Without Hope One Cannot Live’
The novelist Ralph Ellison wrote in ‘Invisible Man’: “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” There is much wisdom in that short quote; it takes seriously the work of discovery and the individual nature of that quest. Identity is important It gives us a sense of well-being and self worth; it celebrates our … More Logotherapy & Identity: Who Am I?
“[Believers] do not believe in people or in the good in people that ultimately must triumph; they also do not believe in the church in its human power. Rather, believers believe solely in God, who creates and does the impossible, who creates life out of death, who has called the dying church to life against … More Bonhoeffer: The Transcendent Church At Easter
Today, on World Bipolar Day, I’m reminded of the words of Carl Jung: ‘The one who learns to live with his incapacity has learned a great deal’. We all live with incapacity to some degree, not just those who live with a Bipolar diagnosis. Adapting to it, and finding meaning and self-transcendence in it, and … More World Bipolar Day: Living Beyond Limitations
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently announced that they have moved the Doomsday Clock ahead 30 Seconds, to 2 minutes to midnight (the symbolic point of global annihilation); this is the closest to midnight recorded since 1953, the height of the Cold War. At the Doomsday Clock announcement at the National Press Club in … More Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Christianity & A Call to Action.
Thomas Merton Plaque, Louisville (Photo Source: I.W. Marsh) The following quote, from the Cistercian Monk Thomas Merton, on responsibility and meaning could easily have been written by the Psychiatrist and Founder of Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl: “In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for ‘finding himself.’ If he … More Merton & Frankl: Meaning & Responsibility
The existentialist philosopher Albert Camus’ famous quote: “In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me resided an invincible summer”, reminds us that resilience resides within. Hope is intrinsic to our existence; it cannot be attained by wealth, power or anything that the world can bestow upon us. It is the work of … More Resilience, Hope & The God Within
Thanks to a friend I was reminded that it is 60 years and 1 day since Thomas Merton’s ‘epiphany’ moment in Louisville. Kentucky, when he recognised that our being is deeply rooted in God and each other. Contemplation and revelation is not confined to the monastery and a select few; it is a calling from … More Thomas Merton: The Transforming Nature of Reality