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 …

Seeing the Truth in Everything

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

This month I will be discussing two essential attributes to living a contemplative life and some of the obstacles that often prevent us from fulfilling that contemplative life where our hearts’ deepest desires reside. The first attribute essential to living a contemplative life is love of the Divine Mystery alone. To love the Divine Mystery …

Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

A contemplative life is a happy life because one knows what one wants. In our daily life, we often have many different desires—many different needs—many different attachments. These needs keep us distracted and move us in contrary directions. The contemplative life is a life in which one arrives at the one thing necessary. One arrives …