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FINAL MOLINOS ENTRY

This concludes the review of Michael Molinos’s book “The Spiritual Guide”. Those of you who want to read the book and then review this book blog should go to the first post in this series. We are looking for another book … Continue reading

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Week 11/Chapter 11

“You can expect to  suffer (many temptations in prayer): a multitude of thoughts, problems of the imagination, provocation of your natural desires, and the problem of an inward life that is very dry” “Do you believe when you have come … Continue reading

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Old English

Here is a web site that gives the Old English version of “The Spiritual Guide”, printed in 1688: http://www.iinet.com/~passtheword/Molinos/molinos-spiritualguide-a.htm#author The language is rather nice in an old quaint sort of way.  Here is a section from Chapter 10: ” THAT the … Continue reading

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Random Circumstance and Purposeful Development

Molinos description of how God does not cause, yet does use circumstance in our life reminds me of part of a poem by Robert Frost: The tree the tempest with a crash of wood Throws down in front of us … Continue reading

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Wrestling with Ch. 7

Each time I read this chapter i have a different reaction to it. First time I was ready to tear it out of the book & burn it! Then I found some areas of agreement with it. Now I’m just … Continue reading

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Nothingness

I want to put in a plug for the state of nothing  as referenced by Molinos.   As I read across the spectrum of classical christian mystics, there is a common theme that comes up as many of them grasp and grapple … Continue reading

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chapter two and surrender

In this chapter, Molinos says that conforming our will completely to the will of God is the main purpose of his book. I have been learning a lot about surrender in the last couple of years and i have observed … Continue reading

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Lets post some experiences

I am interested in hearing about the experiences that folks on this blog have had in reference to meditation/contemplation.  Lets keep in mind that experiences are not the  end all, and not to be sought.  We are to seek the … Continue reading

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Chapter One

Until I received what I believe was God’s call to contemplative prayer just a few years ago, I wonder if Molinos writing would have held me at all.  Since then and now, what he wrote speaks to my heart loud and … Continue reading

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Love and Prayer

  Really, my previous answer is inadequate.  There is SO MUCH more.  Prayer is a love relationship – unique and personal in its communication.  No one actually teaches a wife to communicate with her husband; she learns by doing, being, anticipating … Continue reading

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