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 …

The Only Solution is Love

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” -Dorothy Day, nonviolent social activist and founder of the Catholic Worker Movement   Canticle of Creation O Radiant Earth and Spirits of Nature! I call upon you! Open my heart to love …

Being in Solidarity with the Suffering

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

FOR THE MYSTICS WHO ARE POSSESSED BY THE DIVINE PRESENCE, human sin strikes at the very depth of the soul. Rumi captures the poetic essence of this existential truth: We are the mirror as well as the face in it. We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity. We are pain and what cures …

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 …