Wherever we walk, whether it’s the railway station or the supermarket, we are walking on the earth and so we are in a holy sanctuary. Thich Nhat Hanh.
Someone I know recently told me something that Ram Das said: "If you ever begin to think you are enlightened, go and spend a week with your family."
This suggestion speaks to the dynamic within prayer and contemplation that is challenged by daily life….. the natural conflicts that occur, the intermittent chaos, sprinklings of upheaval, anxiety and fear about security in its many forms,
What does living in the present moment look like? How do we practice living in the presence of God RIGHT NOW? Why is it so difficult?
“We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.” - Sir Thomas Brown (1643), Religio Medici, §15
A commonly used expression to capture this divine indwelling is often called “the still point” of our being:
Contemplation is a form of prayer that has been practiced for many centuries. So what is it?
A new service called Contemplative Prayer will soon be offered at St. Mary’s on a monthly basis. Many people meditate regularly for short periods and some participate in retreats lasting a day or longer. However, there appears to be an interest in something in between involving an extended period of time for meditation. To meet this need a two-hour monthly block of time will be available at St. Mary’s beginning in March of this year. Here are the main planning details: