Forty Days of Prayer

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Day 1 May I grow closer to you with each day, my dearest God. May you fill my spiritual hunger with your overflowing love. Day 2 Free me, Holy One, from seeking my own gratification, and conform my whole being to your loving embrace. Day 3 May you lead me, Great Spirit, beyond all definitions …

We Are All Monks

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Since my early youth I have seen myself as a monk, but one without a monastery or at least without walls other than those of the entire planet.   And even these, it seemed to me, had to be transcended—probably by immanence—without a habit, or at least without vestments other than those worn by the human …

Via Feminina: Mystical Path of the Feminine

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Via Feminina—Latin for “the feminine way” or “the way of the feminine”—is a term I coined to address the emergence of a feminine mystical path to ultimate reality that is both contemporary and rooted in ancient cultures.   In essence, Via Feminina is dedicated to the spiritual rights and dignity of women, men, and all creation; …

New Traditions Contemplative Wisdom

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The word, contemplative, highlights the core of the spiritual life: a return to that divine reality in which the transformation of the whole person finds its source and rest. Contemplation also implies a temporary liberation from daily concerns in order to devote oneself to study and practice. It is a kind of spiritual protest against …

Lectio Divina: Mysticism of the Text

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One of the most ancient of spiritual practices is the focused recitation or reading of sacred texts. In the monastic traditions of Christianity, lectio divina (Latin, divine reading) is a method of mindfulness in which God is encountered through the words of Scripture. Composed of four spiritual stages or processes—lectio, meditatio, oratio, and contemplatio—the themes …