This is my opening lecture from the ‘Exploring Meaning With Thomas Merton and Viktor Frankl’ workshop held on 31st January 2015 at Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone, Co. Antrim (and co-facilitated by Dr. Stephen Costello of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland): We gather here on this beautiful day, from many different places across Ireland, to celebrate … More Thomas Merton & Viktor Frankl: Discussing Meaning
Some timely, and beautiful words from Thomas Merton: Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for Him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because He cannot be at home in it, because He is out of place in it, His place is with those others for whom there … More Thomas Merton: The Radical Message Of Christmas
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Thomas Merton’s Birth, The Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland and Thomas Merton Fellowship Invite you to a One-Day Workshop: ‘EXPLORING MEANING WITH THOMAS MERTON AND VIKTOR FRANKL’ Facilitators: Dr Stephen J. Costello, Director, Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie, Thomas Merton Fellowship Thomas Merton was much influenced … More Exploring Meaning: Perspectives From Thomas Merton & Viktor Frankl
As the Merton Fellowship for Peace and Contemplative Living met this weekend on a day retreat in All Souls Church in Belfast, I found myself reflecting on how far we have come in the four or so years we have been in existence. Since the first tentative steps were taken in an initial meeting held … More Merton Makes A Quiet Impact in Ireland…
Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art. Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country. Know how to meditate not only when you have a book in your hand but when you are waiting for a bus or riding … More Thomas Merton on Meditation
I don’t often post my sermons on this blog, but here is one I shared today with the congregation at All Souls’ in Belfast: Reflecting on Identity: Frankl, Merton, Assagioli and The Role of Faith Identity I often think of the Bible, that collection of widely divergent genres – history, biography, allegory, metaphor and so … More Reflecting on Identity: Frankl, Merton, Assagioli and The Role of Faith
“A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit. Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope.” So wrote Dean Koontz in Velocity. Koontz’s words carry some weight, especially if they are read in the context of a complex social phenomenon in Japan, known as Hikikomori (meaning “pulling inward, being confined”) which … More A Tale Of Two Hermits
NEW PUBLICATION: The Other Side of Light by Scott Peddie & Columba O’Neill In this short collection of poems, the echo of the spiritual life leaves its indelible mark on each page and in each word spoken. It is unusual in that it stems from what at first seems to be two divergent spiritual paths: one … More New Publication: The Other Side of Light
Stoic philosophy, with its roots in Greek culture and developed before Jesus Christ was born, has a surprising affinity with Christianity. That it was regarded ostensibly as a pagan philosophy by the Early Church Fathers does not detract from the areas of overlap. For example, terms such as logos, Spirit, and conscience make their presence felt … More Exploring Stoicism & Christianity: Unhappy Bedfellows?
It was Cicero who once said, ‘gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.’ Many people since have concurred with this statement. The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast OSB, founder of ‘A Network for Grateful … More It’s Good To Be Grateful!