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Weekly Readings 10/2/2013

From John Main OSB, “The Wholeness of God,” MOMENT OF CHRIST (New York: Continuum, 1998), pp. 83-85.

We have to learn, and it is absolutely necessary that we do learn it, that only one thing is necessary, because only one thing is.

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Weekly Readings 3/2/2013

Laurence Freeman OSB. An excerpt from “Dearest Friends,” CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: Newsletter of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Vol. 33, No. 4, Winter 2009-2010, p. 6.

There seem to me five essential aspects of the spiritual life, which for convenience I would describe briefly as these:

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Weekly Readings 27/1/2013

An excerpt from John Main OSB, “Healthiness of Spirit” in FULLY ALIVE, MEDITATIO Talk Series 2011-D, Oct-Dec (London: WCCM, 2011), pp. 9-10.

A big problem that all of us have to face is deciding what is really important in our lives and what is trivial, to learn to differentiate between what is passing away and what is enduring.

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Weekly Readings 20/1/2013

From Laurence Freeman, OSB: Dearest Friends, January 1997 WCCM International Newsletter.

To allow [the] pattern of daily meditation to take hold amid all the other patterns of our lives, not just imaginatively but actually, is a challenge to the best of us; to the best in us.  It is a mundane introduction to the cosmic law of sacrifice.

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Weekly Readings 13/1/2013

An excerpt from John Main OSB, “Death and Resurrection,” MOMENT OF CHRIST (New York: Continuum, 1998), pp. 68-70.

[T]he whole Christian tradition tells us . . .that if we would become wise we must learn the lesson that we have here “no abiding city”. . .[B]ut the principal fantasy of much worldliness operates out of completely the opposite point of view. . . 

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Weekly Readings 6/1/2013

An excerpt from John Main OSB, “The Oceans of God” in MONASTERY WITHOUT WALLS (Norwich: Canterbury, 2006), pp. 222-223.

Our life is a unity because what is real in it is centered in the mystery of God. But to know its unity we have to see beyond ourselves with a perspective greater than when self-interest dominates.

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Weekly Readings 30/12/2012

A selection from Laurence Freeman OSB, JESUS: THE TEACHER WITHIN (New York: Continuum, 2000) pp. 226-227.

[T]he mantra . . .is recited continuously whatever we may be feeling: “in times of war and times of peace,” as The Cloud of Unknowing puts it; “in times of prosperity and adversity,” as John Cassian puts it; “from the beginning to the end of each meditation,” as John Main said in his turn.

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Weekly Readings 23/12/2012

An excerpt from Fr Laurence's Christmas message to all members of the Weekly Internet Meditation Group, December, 1997.

As we have no birth certificate for Jesus, what is the reason for celebrating his birthday at this time of the year as Christians have done since at least the fourth century? Almost certainly it is linked to the pagan feast of the re-birth of the Sun.

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Weekly Readings 16/12/2012

A special Christmas message to all members of the Weekly Internet Meditation Group and to all meditators from Laurence Freeman OSB, Director, The World Community for Christian Meditation, 2002.

As a reminder that there is no false consolation in Christianity, the church’s readings for the run-up to Christmas have an apocalyptic quality. At times they seem to be more about endings than the great new beginning about to burst upon the world.

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Weekly Readings 9/12/2012

From Laurence Freeman, OSB, “Christmas Message,” email, 2009. 

A Jewish tradition has it that when the angels saw what God had done in the work of creation they burst out with a song of praise that continues throughout time at the heart of all things.

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