The Reverse Perspective

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

THE NEW MONK, SEEKING A DEEPER ORIENTATION TO THE DIVINE, often struggles to convert his or her worldly existence into a spiritually attuned life. This occurs in part because we tend to think of monasticism the way we think about everything else: something we have to accomplish or achieve. But the contemplative or monastic life …

An Organic Constellation of Wisdom

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

I IMAGINE THAT FOR MANY OF YOU—as it was for me—the call to be a monk, to seek silence and solitude was in your heart from early childhood. As a nine- or ten-year-old, I loved to be alone in the woods near our home. Here, I experienced Silence. I was free—unbounded—of obligations, interpretations, and identities. I …

Thomas Merton: The Inner Experience

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

“ANYONE WHO UNDERTAKES TO BE A MONK knows by the very fact of his vocation, that he is summoned by God to a difficult, life-long work in which there will always be anguish and great risk. If he evades this work, under any pretext whatever (even under the pretext of conforming to an exterior ritual …

Our Life as Prayer

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

A NEW REVELATION OR UNIVERSAL STORY IS NECESSARY TO GUIDE OUR WORLD TODAY, one that respects the biodiversity of life, tapestry of human cultures, and wide expanse of the cosmos. We need to imagine our world in its sacred and prophetic dimensions; in the promise of all religions and spiritual traditions, and in the dignity …

Three Wisdoms for Today

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

  A certain brother went to Abbot Moses in Scete, and asked him for a good word. And the elder said to him: Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.[i]   Amma Theodora said: “Let us strive to enter by the narrow gate. Just as the trees, if they have …