Never Close the Door on the World

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

NONE OF OUR RELIGIOUS SYSTEMS can make sense of the cruelty that leads us to despair; they are not meant to make sense of such actions. No metaphysics can circumscribe the narcissism of humanity. In such a climate it is difficult not to search for some discourse in which this radical anguish makes sense.  And more, …

Pulling Illusion from the Mind

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

  Excerpt from Beverly Lanzetta’s Path of the Heart: A Spiritual Guide to Divine Union, Expanded Edition with Commentary (p. 35).     BEVERLY LANZETTA © 2017. All rights reserved.

The World is an Intimate Community of Beings

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

THE WORLD IS AN INTIMATE COMMUNITY OF BEINGS. The notion of a distant, unfeeling god is an antiquated metaphor. We groan with the world; we feel the pangs of the other. We share in each other’s joys and triumphs; and we suffer in each other’s and our own travails. A theology of intimacy evaluates our …

Heart of Silence

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Practice

WE ARE BORN with a heart of silence, nurtured by the vast cosmic solitude. The language of the gods, silence speaks without sound and teaches without word. In the depth of each being, silence connects, sustains, and imbues all things with its holy spark. Children of its mother womb, the entire creation intones the eternal …

Prayer of Fire

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Practice

In The Monastic Journey, Thomas Merton reflects on the teachings about prayer from the fourth century Christian monk and theologian, John Cassian (c. 360-435 CE). OF COURSE there are degrees in monastic prayer . . . Cassian makes clear the nature of the highest kinds of contemplative prayer. . . . are intuitions of God …