The Confessions from St. Augustine

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

“As to what I am now, at this very time when I make my confessions, many men wish to know about this, both men who have known me and others who have not known me. They have heard something from me or about me, but their ear is not placed close to my heart, where …

The One Thing Necessary

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

The contemplative life is a happy life because we know what we want. We arrive at the one thing necessary: our whole being desires an experience of the Divine Mystery. This simple focus becomes the source of great transformation. In daily life we often experience conflicting desires and needs. We may be torn by our …

Beyond Prayer by St. Isaac of Syria

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

“. . . Sometimes out of prayer contemplation is born; this cuts prayer off from the lips, and the person who beholds this is like a corpse without a soul in wonder. We call this the faculty of “vision in prayer;” it does not consist in any image or portrayable form, as foolish people say. …

The Spiritual Physician

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

St. Anthony of Egypt: “The fathers of old went into the desert, and when they were made whole, they became physicians, and returning again they made others whole; therefore it is said, ‘Physician, heal thyself.’” In the 4th century monastic communities of the Egyptian desert, a spiritual master charged with guiding a person’s soul development …

Hear My Prayer

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

Holy One, why do people say: you are perfection beyond me, vision too bright for my eyes, nobility too rare for my soul, love too pure to be felt, and knowledge too glorious to be understood? Your immeasurable gift is already stamped in my depth! Even though I fear you are not present, even though …