The Spiritual Physician

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

St. Anthony of Egypt: “The fathers of old went into the desert, and when they were made whole, they became physicians, and returning again they made others whole; therefore it is said, ‘Physician, heal thyself.’” In the 4th century monastic communities of the Egyptian desert, a spiritual master charged with guiding a person’s soul development …

Finding What Is by Florence Allshorn

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

FINDING WHAT IS “We have to find our way into that rhythm in which God has swung the world– and the moment is always the same. God’s calling–my response. [God’s] love–my obedience. The greatest good we can set ourselves, with all the passion that is within us, is to see God and give in to what …

Teresa’s Four Degrees of Prayer

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

I am on a pilgrimage in Spain, visiting the birthplaces of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, and the discalced Carmelite monasteries they founded. The Roman aqueducts, stone wells, dry landscape, and small rivers of this region reminded me of how down to earth and practical Teresa was, because she uses these very …

Three Stages of Mindfulness, Part 2

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

The second stage of Mindfulness is Active Efforts toward Divine Love. These attributes include: Spiritual Community: Buddha said, “Right association is the precursor of the eightfold path.”  When we are not around people with whom we can share our spiritual intention, it is hard to maintain focus. There is a sense of aloneness; but being able to …

Three Stages of Mindfulness, Part 1

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

Mindfulness is a comprehensive term that refers to many things: what you do during the day, how you do it, your attitude while you are doing it, as well as your feelings, emotions, speech, and action. Without the discipline of mindfulness, we remain disordered. The spiritual life has an intrinsic, organic order that cannot be …