Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sabbath Rest

Some of us at New Day Monks are attempting to adapt the Rule Of Benedict to our secular circumstances. One of the elements of the Rule can be called “The Rule of Sabbath Rest” and describes a discipline for stopping … Continue reading

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Here is a good one

Here is one of the great benefits of the experience of dryness:  “When you are on the verge of committing some evil, you will sense some warning deep within you, a warning that will restrain you from the execution of … Continue reading

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THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. The family always comes to our house, and my son Jon and his wife Diane are here. We have been talking on and off about Molinos, and the idea that petition is a lower form … Continue reading

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WEEK 6/CHAPTER 6

This is a very rich chapter. It has one theme: “Two Spiritual Experiences”, consolation and dryness. He describes the benefits of dryness in this chapter. It reminded me of driving down a street with a series of speed bumps on … Continue reading

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Catching up

Very much enjoying this book! Usually there will be a jewel hidden in each chapter that I find by reading over & over. From 4, Expect Failure, the very title is a gem. So often contemplation can seem like a … Continue reading

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WEEK 5/CHAPTER 5

Again this week Molinos tells us something important, but confuses us in the process. My own experience is that inward listening, in silence and solitude, has made my communication with God deeper, richer and more loving. And I too have found that … Continue reading

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WEEK 4

This week is when Molinos shows us, in chapter 4, where the rubber meets the road. When the heavens are brass and when, in our drawing near to Him, we feel nothing even remotely like an intimate relationship with Jesus, then we need … Continue reading

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inner fortress/interior sanctuary

Francois de Fenelon has thoughts that go with this week’s reading i think: “The Spirit of God is the soul of our soul! We are blind if we think that we are alone in the interior sanctuary. God is actually … Continue reading

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Hosea 6.3

After a few convictions of my seeking God with wrong motives He started to give me some direction.  The biggest one was  from the verse in Hosea 6.3.  As I was reading it the Lord was sharing with me.  He … Continue reading

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Lessons from my grandchildren: thoughts on week two

Concerning the section of ch.2 that speaks of becoming conformed to the Divine will, Molinos states that if one would have everything “come to pass according to your own will, then you will never know the way of peace.” I’ve … Continue reading

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