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To Be or Not To Be Therefore To Be…Or Not – Thoughts on The Human Condition by Thomas Keating

On the surface Thomas Keating’s The Human Condition: Contemplation and Transformation has the appearance of being a thought provoking book.  It is in fact two lectures he gave at The Divinity School at Harvard University.  The problem is Keating brings nothing new to the table and what he brings is a bit of a deception.  Continue reading

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Thomas Merton: A companion for the solitary walk

Merton is deep.  I knew this going into this volume.  I’ve read other works by Merton and I have encountered just how high my waders need to be.  I think that is what draws me to his writing.  He forces me to think and does so without tossing in scholarly rhetoric and all those words and catch phrases that so many Catholic theologians seem to be enamored with.  Merton makes me think using average, everyday language.  When reading Merton I don’t have to stop and consider if I have the proper understanding of a school of thought that has been referenced, or if I have the proper definition of some esoteric word rarely seen outside the works of theological tomes.  Continue reading

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No Rules, Just Right

I had once gotten it into my head that I wanted to be a Benedictine Oblate.  I felt this after being swept up by the romance of Kathleen Norris’ The Cloister Walk.  I dove in.  I found a monastery in Indiana that took long distance oblates and began my investiture.  Basically I was supposed to pray daily, read as much of The Liturgy of the Hours as I could fit into my normal life and read prescribed selections from the The Rule of Saint Benedict each day.

It didn’t take me long to discover that I was not, never had been, and never would be that disciplined.  Continue reading

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