Reflections for our Times — peace

VIDEO: "Distraction and Attention", by Laurence Freeman OSB

Tags: john main, laurence freeman, meditation, peace, prayer, silence, Spirituality, transcendence, wccm

One of the greatest sources of unhappiness in the world is distraction. Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Center for Christian Meditation (WCCM) and Author of our Meditatio Series, explains to us on this video how to meditate, how to concentrate and have more attention.  

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Returning to One’s Own Center – The Novelty of Silence

Tags: john main, laurence freeman, meditation, peace, prayer, silence, Spirituality, wccm

A fable from the fourth century Egyptian Christian tradition reads as follows: “A father used to say, ‘Just as it is impossible for you to see your face reflected on troubled waters, in the very same way, your soul cannot pray to God in contemplation if it is not free from alien thoughts’”*. We are living on a long path that returns us to the center of ourselves. Increasingly, we attempt to recover from the feeling that we are traveling on a high-speed train in which our personal and social experiences flow at such a velocity that we are unable...

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The vocation of Human Transcendence (Oscar Romero, 1979)

Tags: anthropology, homilies, humanity, jesus, justice, martyr, martyrdom, non violence, oscar romero, peace, preaching, Religious experience, romero, social justice, solidarity, Spirituality, transcendence

Dear sisters and brothers, When I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and that was his salvation. When he looked upward he could no longer see the heaving ocean, and he did the...

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