Here is, also , a list of essential reading for those interested in giving spiritual direction.
Do you resonate with these principles?
O Divine Beloved, you are the source of life and the fountain of all goodness.
In the mystery of your silence we recognize who we are, for we are created in your image. You are beautiful, for you are Love. You are wisdom, for you are Truth. We worship you and ask that you restore in us the fullness of your likeness. Forgive us for all the ways that we have failed to embody your love, and heal us so that we may bring your mercy to others.
Grant us the grace of discipline in prayer, that we may tend to you in stillness and silent praise, every day of our lives.
Grant us the grace of authentic humility, that we may truly know ourselves, with humour and compassion, and respond to your universal call to holiness. Continue reading “Carl McColman – A Prayer for Contemplatives”
A little bit of help for those who struggle with personal silent prayer.
“There is in God (some say)
A deep, but dazzling darkness”
— Henry Vaughan
“Truly, you are a God who hides himself,
O God of Israel, the Savior.”
— Isaiah 45:15
“Your brightness is my darkness. I know nothing of You and, by myself, I cannot even imagine how to go about knowing You. If I imagine You, I am mistaken. If I understand You, I am deluded. If I am conscious and certain I know You, I am crazy. The darkness is enough.”
— Thomas Merton,
Prayer Before Midnight Mass,
God is always present, yet hidden. When the metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan described God’s “dazzling darkness,” or Thomas Merton declared that God’s brightness is his darkness, they were participating in a mystical tradition that can be traced back through Saint John of the Cross (“the dark night of the soul”) to the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing (who equated darkness with God’s mystery) all the way back to the great mystical theologian of the sixth century, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, who eloquently spoke of God’s mystery as “hidden in the darkness beyond light, of the hidden mystical silence.” Continue reading “Carl McColman – The Dazzling Darkness”
Carl McColman became a Lay Cistercian – a lay follower of the Rule of St. Benedict.
Here is his testiomony.