Our Attachment to Being “Spiritual”

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

  Contemplative practices—if not kept alive and meaningful—can be another form of attachment that impede the journey and obscure the reason we pursue them. Meister Eckhart is insistent that desert mysticism needs to be alert to the subtle manner of the ego, and to ensure that “all your works should be wrought without Why.” “I …

Monastic Spirituality for Our Time

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

“The journey of healing is a journey of ordering one’s interior self.”¹   The new monastic is called to a posture of radical openness before the Divine. For many monks throughout history, this mysterious process of openness took place in the desert. Certainly, the Christian women and men—who left the cities of Asia Minor for …

A New Expression of Faith

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

This new language of prayer has to come out of something which transcends all our traditions, and comes out of the immediacy of love.¹ ~ Thomas Merton ~~~ What I’ve learned …over these last thirty years is that our common spirituality–our global spirituality–is forged together by the prayer of love that transcends religions. It is …

Depth of the Inner Monastic

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

Perhaps the most essential and revolutionary element of Julian’s and Teresa’s¹ teachings is the transposition of the physical monastery from a material reality to a state of consciousness. Julian and Teresa were teaching fellow Christians, especially women in their care, a method of achieving perfection in this life. Despite the biblical prohibition against women as teachers, …

“My Jewish Brother!” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

The following text is an excerpt from a 1966 article written by Dr. King, and published in the New Amsterdam News. The Hebrew prophets are needed today because Amos said, in words that echo across the centuries: “Let justice roll down like the waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.” We need them because Micah …