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Ellie
Solitary nun in the Anglican tradition, spiritual director and meditation teacher
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Good morning, dear friends. Our own MadPriest has created a new blog template over on the Blogger site for The Anchorhold. Here's the address: http://stlaikaanchorhold.blogspot.com/ The first post is up so do go on over and take a look! (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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"The earliest reference to the Resurrection is Saint Paul’s, and he makes no mention of an empty tomb at all. But the fact of the matter is that in a way it hardly matters how the body of Jesus came to be missing because in the last analysis what convinced the people that he had risen from the dead was not the absence of his corpse but his living presence. And so it has been ever since." -- From The Faces of Jesus by Frederick Buechner (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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I find myself wanting to share the following with you on this Holy Saturday: “And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not.” ― Søren Kierkegaard (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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"Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing to him, and say, 'Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You have become what you were not so that I might become what I was not.' " --Martin Luther (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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I'm pondering the following quotation by Gerald May (whom I've long admired and who left us far too soon). I find myself thinking of this principle in light of past events, my own resistance, and God's providence: ‎ "God is always working obscurely within us. And, even more mysteriously, some part of us is saying yes to God's invitations to go where we do not want to go." (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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Here's something I found on Facebook and I want to assert that it's very good: "Some hurts are splinters in the soul, memories embedded, a sliver of pain that has worked itself under the skin. We can carry them with us for years. The problem is that they rarely work themselves out. Over time they can get infected. Bitterness is their by-product. An inability to forgive their symptom. It is never easy to take a soul splinter out. We flinch at the idea of re-visiting something we would as soon forget. But with holy patience, spiritual courage, and the steady... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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"The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged-- keep on-- there are divine things, well envelop'd; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell." ~Walt Whitman (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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So very, very beautiful: "Silence is the mother of everything that has come out from the Depth. And Silence kept quiet about what she was unable to describe: the Unspeakable." ~ Clement of Alexandria (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
Whatever you may happen to think of the Templars, this is absolutely gorgeous. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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I'm focusing most of my reflections today on the material in a little book entitled The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello. De Mello was a Jesuit priest, a retreat conductor and a psychotherapist. I have enormous respect for all that he wrote and taught. Here's something that caught my attention this morning: "Mostly the discontent you feel comes from not having enought of something -- you are dissatisfied because you think you do not have enough money or power or success or fame or virtue or love, or holiness. This is not the discontent that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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Oh, this passage by Thomas Merton is so, so beautiful. As much as I once wished for it, the life he describes here has not turned out to be my year-round, routine, life vocation. But I've had enough extended periods like this to cherish its value very deeply indeed: "To deliver oneself up, hand oneself over, entrust oneself completely to the silence of a wide landscape of woods and hill, or sea, or desert: to sit still while the sun comes up over the land and fills its silences with light. To pray and work in the morning and to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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I like this and I agree with it: "Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair." -- Gilbert K. Chesterton (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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The following is something Henri Nouwen said and, given what we know about some of his inner struggles, he certainly knew what he was talking about. I do really value his assertion here that, although we may not be able to escape some of the struggles that plague us, we don't have to belong to them: Hardly a day passes in our lives without our experience of inner or outer fears, anxieties, apprehensions and preoccupations. These dark powers have pervaded every part of our world to such a degree that we can never fully escape them. Still it is possible... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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The following really spoke to me this morning: "We understand that ordinary people are messengers of the Most High. They go about their tasks in holy anonymity. Often, even unknown to themselves. Yet, if they had not been there, if they had not said what they said or did what they did, it would not be the way it is now. We sould not be the way we are now. Never forget that you too yourself may be a messenger." -- Lawrence Kushner (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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Madeleine L'Engle had a huge influence on me as a young person and also as a grown-up - particularly with regard to teaching. I had the privilege of hearing her speak and meeting her personally back in the late 70s -- a very memorable occasion! A facebook friend posted the following today by L'Engle and I think it's truly worthy of reflection: "How do we learn to bless, rather than damn, those with whom we disagree, those whom we fear, those who are different? ... All of Creation groans in travail. All will be redeemed in God's fullness of time,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
Yikes! I didn't know about the new format until I got the notification of your comment a few minutes ago. Don't blame me. Blame MadPriest!!
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Here's something quite wonderful by Thomas Merton: “The only way to get rid of misconceptions about contemplation is to experience it. One who does not actually know, in his own life, the nature of this breakthrough and this awakening to a new level of reality cannot help being misled by most of the things that are said about it. For contemplation cannot be taught. It cannot even be clearly explained. It can only be hinted at, suggested, pointed to, symbolized. The more objectively and scientifically one tries to analyze it, the more he empties it of its real content, for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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Here's a passage from a book entitled Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood. The author's name is Wayne Muller. "If the eye is clear, said Jesus, our body will be full of light. When our attention is receptive and accepting, everything we see may become an object of meditation, a source of teaching. Even the most difficult and painful feelings and emotions, as we experience their arising in the present, can become teachers and companions for us. According to Kabir, the fifteenth-century Indian poet, 'When the eyes and ears are open, even the leaves on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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Maybe it would not be a bad idea this Lent to reflect a bit on the power of words. I hear many people minimize the seriousness of their own words toward others under the rubric that they were stressed out or that they didn't really mean something that was truly unkind or hurtful. That concerns me. Here's something that Sylvia Boorstein says on the matter: "I read a sentence in a magazine years ago, a page filler added to the bottom of a column because the article wasn't quite long enough. I don't recall what magazine it was or what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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One of my Facebook friends posted the following this morning. I do beg you to read it. It's very moving. (I'm re-posting this with her permission.) Ranier Maria Rilke: “Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence.” We took a walk once the warmer weather began. It was in one of the mini parks that are maintained in our town with a few boulders and barren trees. It was one of those times where no one was talking. We stop in front of one of the spindly trees and look at it. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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Here's a lovely and brief article by an obviously thoughtful Jesuit: For Lent: The Best Advice I've Ever Heard (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD
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I really do love the story shared at the beginning of this passage by Cynthia Bourgeault: "A nun, after her first try at centering prayer during a workshop led by Thomas Keating, came up to him in great frustration. 'I’m such a failure at this prayer,' she said. 'In twenty minutes of sitting I've had ten thousand thoughts.' " 'How lovely,' Fr. Keating responded, without so much as batting an eye. 'Ten thousand opportunities to return to God!' "And that is the essence of centering prayer. The 'magic' of this prayer is not attained by keeping the mind perfectly still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at THE ANCHORHOLD