The Silence of Life

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

“The silence of Life is not the same as a life of silence, the silent life of the monks, of a hermitage…[T]he silence of Life is the art of making silent the activities of life (that are not Life), in order to reach the pure experience of Life.” -Raimon Panikkar, Opera Omnia vol. I.2, p. …

Claiming Your Own Energy

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

Excerpt from Nine Jewels of Night by Beverly Lanzetta “Silence was deeper than prayer. I had a need for pure emptiness. How different this was than false silence, the silence deafened by what was not said, by what was not truthful!…This silence pulsated within me, a depth not my own that opened out to a …

Am I A Mystic?

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

“Rightly understood, the mystic is not a special kind of human being; rather, every human being is a special kind of mystic.” –David Steindl-Rast Usually when I teach a course on comparative mysticism, students ask a lot of questions. They want to know what mysticism is, and many of them are skeptical of what appears to be rather …

The Non-Violent Demonstrator

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

The following is an excerpt from a letter written to the editor of Liberation by Thomas Merton on December 30, 1961. His words are as true now as they were in 1961. “…[W]e are reminded of the necessity for complete ‘purity’ in our non-violent action: complete detachment from results. We must act only because the act itself is …

The Need to Know One’s Self

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

Perhaps you wonder, “What draws me closer to the divine heart?” Essential to the path is passion: the overwhelming necessity to find God, to know the true self. This yearning to know who you are must take precedence over your need to exist, for existence is not life, it is just getting by. But the passionate …