Litany for Peace

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

We have prayed for peace, Unknowing of what we truly ask. Peace cannot come into the house Where love is unwelcome. Peace cannot come into the land Where injustice and oppression live. Peace cannot enter or be fostered In souls that still engage in dispute Peace does not come meekly and unarmed. Peace needs the …

Thoughts on Solitude

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

“No writing on the solitary meditative dimensions of life can say anything that has not already been said better by the wind and the pine trees. These pages seek nothing more than to echo the silence and the peace that is heard when the rain wanders freely among the hills and forests. But what can …

Inner Monastery Meditation

Beverly Lanzetta Lectures, Practice

If you have already listened to this month’s podcast, you have heard my Inner Monastery Meditation. For this month’s discernment, I have recorded just the meditation in the hopes that it will help you find that singular path. Below is one of my favorite prose poems from Thomas Merton (I read in the podcast). May …

2014: A Year In Review

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Practice, Prayer, Study

Dear Friends: February will mark the beginning of my free, year-long Invitation to Contemplative Study: Awakening the Mystic Heart. During 2014, in the spirit of Lady Poverty, to whom St. Francis devoted his mission of love, I will be offering, at no cost, a series of podcasts and written reflections on deepening one’s contemplative practice. …