night always comes too quickly ... might as well just jump to
monday morning ...
Carmelite tradition acknowledges the hunger for God deep in the
human heart. This yearning or longing propels us through our lives
as we seek a fulfillment of our heart's desire. This deep current
of desire within our lives is the result of God having first desired
us. God, the first contemplative, gazed on us and made us lovable,
and alluring to God. The Carmelite tradition does not speak of
an annihilation of desire, but a
transformation of desire
so that more and more we desire what God desires in a consonance
of desire. As Teresa of Avila said simply, 'now I want what You
... john welch, o. carm. in Seasons of the Heart
the retreat ... tired a bit ... but not too much ... greeted by
a well-fed cat and a stately litter box ... thanks to dom ...
greeted also by a box from amazon
with scorsese's dylan movie ... i watched it just now ... was
psyched for a good time & was not disappointed ... this is a great
one of its kind ... doesn't answer all questions (whatever would
or could?) but it's a sane and beautiful look ... at dylan in
that early time ... i think it's set to begin broadcast monday
night on pbs & is well worth whatever re-arranging one needs to
do ... to squeeze it in
film's recent dylan interview is essential for anyone put off
by a perceived disingenuousness in his book ... chronicles ...
no reason here to think this guy is playing any game
there are moments in it that ... well ... are hugely
funny and sad ... scorsese makes it clear that dylan had set out
on a particular (american?) road and had taken it (or been taken)
as far as he could ... into the madness ... not self-induced but
... culturally ... something had shifted ... happened ... and
it seems not even mr. dylan knew exactly what it was
be incommunicado for a few days ... catch ya on the weekend
has not dried up and blown away
for the week of September 19, 2005The dread of being open to the
ideas of others generally comes from our hidden insecurity about
our own convictions. We fear that we may be "converted"
or perverted by a pernicious doctrine. On the other
hand, if we are mature and objective in our open-mindedness, we
may find that viewing things from a basically different perspective
that of our adversary we discover our own truth in
a new light and are able to understand our own ideal more realistically.
Our willingness to take an alternative
approach to a problem will perhaps relax the obsessive fixation
of the adversary on his view, which he believes is the only reasonable
possibility and which he is determined to impose on everyone else
by coercionThis mission of Christian humility in social life is
not merely to edify, but to keep minds open to many alternatives.
The rigidity of a certain type of Christian thought has seriously
impaired this capacity, which nonviolence must recover.
From Passion For Peace
by Thomas Merton
William H. Shannon (New York: Crossroad Publishing 1995), pgs.
i needed a little memory jog from mom ... but the day's not done
yet, and i've got time to say to one of my most perfect nieces
...Happy Birthday, Korie!!
... and many many more!!