Religious Personalities: The Prophet

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

Another personality type is the prophet. All of us have a prophetic voice that effects change in the social and political order because the prophet’s words carry the power of its divine source. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, and other social mystics, as example, were contemporary prophets. The prophet has an encounter …

Religious Personalities: The Shaman

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

This month I will address the contemplative aspect of personality through the lens of religious types, such as the shaman, prophet, priest, and yogi, rather than psychological categories—Enneagram, Jungian, or Myers-Briggs. The reason for this is twofold. In the spiritual life it is helpful to recognize how your personality contains elements of a shamanic or …

Seeing God Face to Face

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

In last week’s post I discussed the importance of emptying of the self through spiritual practice. This mystical process of self emptying makes us aware of our incessant acquisitiveness, the greed of being, our desire to assert ourselves, our secret hoarding of assumptions, our hidden limiting agendas, our squashing of other people’s freedom with our …

Being a Fool for God

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

The contemplative life is subtle, nuanced. As humans we charge through life, often unable to see what is right in front of us, and suffer for our inability to detect the disjuncture between a person’s godliness and their mortal limitation. The contemplative life is also practical. It is not an idealized life where everything is …

We Are Always Beginners

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

Last week I discussed that the first attribute essential to living a contemplative life was to see God in everything or to love God alone, to have love of God alone. This love is the Divine communicating with you in the hidden depths of your soul, and the contemplative is one whose deepest desire is …