Not far from our home here in Louisville is Gethsemane, the monastery where the monk and spiritual teacher Fr. Thomas Merton spent his final years.
One day, a younger monk approached his mentor, frustrated at Read more
Does God exist?
Is there a God?
I have answered that question for myself. You must answer for yourself. Or, ignore the question, pretend you’ve never asked the question, or just wait for the question to return. Read more
What do I think when I think God?
I try not to. It makes sense to try not to think too much of God, does it not?
I mean, how does one think of God except in ways that Read more
There is no religious belief that, once you know it or say you believe it, will magically unlock the door to God. So, I would advise you to remember this: the impulse you feel Read more
“Seek first the kingdom,” counseled Jesus, “…and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
When I read these words, I have several questions.
1. What is the Kingdom?
2. Why Read more
How to know God. I get that question a lot.
I’ve asked that question a lot.
Jesus once told a parable of a Read more
Or, so said Saint Francis.
Rumi, the Sufi poet put it slightly differently, “What you seek is seeking you.”
And, Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom.”
So, what is the Kingdom? It is not the Church. Not heaven Read more
Mechthild of Magdeburg once said, “A fish cannot drown in water; a bird does not fall in air. Each creature God made must live in its own true nature.”
Then that’s what the writers of Genesis meant, is it Read more
The Sufi poet, Ghalib, said, “For the raindrop, joy is entering the river.”
When you and I first appear, this is how we arrive – in oneness with all there is. Which is why, when you look into Read more
I finished running around our neighborhood yesterday and, as I slowed to a brisk walk the final few hundred yards, I suddenly became present. That is to say, I became aware that I had just finished running nearly one Read more
If Jesus and God were one, as he claimed they were (John 10:30). And, if Jesus prayed, as of course he did (John 17:21) that you and God would be one, too.
Then, are you and God one? The Read more
“I want to know the mind of God,” said Einstein.
Me, too. But, for much of my adult life, knowing God, knowing mind, or feeling connected to something grander than myself escaped me, eluded, even evaded me. Then, one Read more