Welcome to “The Still Point”, a title borrowed from T. S. Eliot (see below). My intent is to be an encouragement and support for those seeking God’s inclusive love through meditation and contemplation. The practice of contemplative prayer is a counter-cultural practice, wherein we silently await the unfolding of life’s meaning and wherein we yield to God’s shaping. St. John of the Cross describes the state of contemplation in this way: “People will often find that they are experiencing this loving or peaceful awareness passively without having first engaged in any active work with their faculties… It is more exact to say that the work is then done in the soul and the knowledge and delight is already produced than that the soul does anything, besides attentively loving God and refraining from the desire to feel or see anything… (this ) is no small accomplishment” (The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book Two, chapter 15)
Far from being impractical, contemplative prayer and meditation are rooted in the deepest reality – the reality of love (Ephesians 3:16-17) – and lead to concern for justice and peace. Contemplative prayer and meditation are to be found in all the world’s major religions, and are an impetus to interfaith dialogue and reconciliation.
If you are thinking about inviting me to speak or preach or lead a retreat, you may check out the pages “Sermons” and “Retreats” for several sample sermons and retreat outlines. If you are interested in Christian meditation or labyrinth walks or mysticism there are pages dedicated to these themes. “About” tells a bit of my history. There is a page about “Peace and Justice” activities and a page about spiritual resources (monasteries, retreat centers, meditation groups, etc…) Also there is a blog page with reflections about once a month on a variety of topics (Art and Spirituality, Peace and Justice, Movie, Theater and Book Reviews, Contemplation and Action, Meditation, etc…) I hope you will enjoy the writing and please leave comments on the pages and the blog postings, to which I will try to respond promptly.
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At the still point of the turning world …
there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
– T. S. Eliot (Burnt Norton)