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 …

Don’t Let Despair Sink In

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

“DON’T WAVER. Don’t let despair sink its sharp teeth into the throat with which you sing. Escalate your dreams. Make them burn so fiercely that you can follow them down any dark alleyway of history and not lose your way. Make them burn as clear as a starry drinking gourd over the grim fog of …