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Contemplatives Go Mainstream

A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.

——Pope Francis Address to Congress

pope rolling storeI am sure that the address of Pope Francis was viewed  by millions of people, as well as  witnessed by a joint session of the US Congress. In it he affirmed four Americans of great note. Among them was Thomas Merton whom he identified as a contemplative. Such an affirmation will cause people to be curious about contemplative life. Praise God for this man and his willingness to share his bold beliefs with the world. We contemplatives are now part of the mainstream media.



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Day 9–February 27

Mark in Forty Days

This year I am reading through the Gospel of Mark during the forty days of Lent. My suggested plan is that you do these readings in Lectio Divina  format.

Today’s reading

Mark 4:21-41

Prayer Thought

Lord I know that you have calmed the sea of my life  more than once. As a follower of the cross. His cross . We live in  a world of people who reject the words of Christ. Let us be the ones who turn to Him  and trust Him Amen

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That is Love

“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is Curiosity.


There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is Vanity.


There are those who seek knowledge in order to


serve; that is Love.”

― Bernard of Clairvaux








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