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Weekly Readings 30/6/2013

From John Main OSB, "God is the Centre of my Soul," THE WAY OF UNKNOWING (New York: Crossroad, 1990), pp. 18-20.

Meditation is a very simple concept.  There is nothing complicated about it, nothing esoteric. . . .  In essence, meditation is simply being still at the centre of your being.

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Weekly Readings 23/6/2013

An excerpt from John Main, “Make Nothing Happen,” WORD MADE FLESH (London: Canterbury, 1993), pp. 20-21.

Religion is meaningless if it is confined to external and ritual acts of worship. Liturgy and ritual only have meaning when they are inspired by conversion of heart.

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Weekly Readings 16/6/2013

An excerpt from John Main OSB, “Letting Go,” JOHN MAIN: ESSENTIAL WRITINGS, Modern Spiritual Masters Series (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2002), p. 127.

One of the most difficult things for Westerners to understand is that meditation is not about trying to make anything happen.

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Weekly Readings 9/6/2013

From Laurence Freeman OSB, "Meeting the Other," LIGHT WITHIN: The Inner Path of Meditation (New York: Crossroad, 1989), pp. 65-67

Every relationship of our life, every turning towards another, is an ever-deepening encounter with the Other in whose image we are made.

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Weekly Readings 2/6/2013

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB, “Dearest Friends,” Christian Meditation Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 2, May 2004, pp. 4-5.

Contemplatives know that the work they are doing in silence and stillness touches and affects the whole person. The wounding division between body and mind is gradually healed and the meaning of resurrection becomes clearer.

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Weekly Readings 26/5/2013

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB, “Dearest Friends” in Christian Meditation Newsletter, Vol. 35, No. 2, July 2011, P. 5.

We are all looking for something. Some have a clear sense of it, at least a conscious awareness of something missing.

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Weekly Readings 19/5/2013

An excerpt from Laurence Freeman OSB, “Dearest Friends,” The World Community for Christian Meditation International Newsletter, June 18, 1999. 

Deep prayer teaches us what the angel of death teaches. When the meditator meets poverty of spirit, it is like an experience of death.

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Weekly Readings 12/5/2013

An excerpt from John Main OSB, “Second Conference,” THE GETHSEMANI TALKS (Tucson, AZ: Medio Media, 1999), pp. 35-37.

We must take extreme care about using terms like “self-renunciation.” In prayer we do truly seek to turn our whole being to a contemplation of God’s goodness, of his infinite love.

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Weekly Readings 5/5/2013

From Laurence Freeman OSB, "The Light of the Self," from LIGHT WITHIN: The Inner Path of Meditation (New York: Crossroad, 1989), pp. 85-87.

Meditation exposes . . . a hard and essential truth [ . . .] :  if we cannot communicate our real self to others it is because we haven't yet made contact with it ourselves.

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Weekly Readings 28/4/2013

An excerpt from John Main OSB, “From Isolation to Love,” THE WAY OF UNKNOWING (New York: Crossroad, 1990), pp. 44-46. 

We meditate because we know with absolute certainty that we must pass through and beyond our own sterility. We must transcend the sterility of the closed system, of a purely introspective mind.

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