Category Archives: Inner Liturgy

Heart Work

As the Rabbis put it (Berakot 29b): Prayer which has become so set that it no longer permits of creative newness, has ceased to be devotional. Isaiah 43.19 records these words of Yahweh: I am about to do a new … Continue reading

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Taking Everything to Heart

Who burns with the bliss And suffers the sorrow Of every creature Within his own heart, Making his own Each bliss and each sorrow: Him I hold highest Of all the saints. Bagavad Gita

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Veneration of the Name

Think of the importance of “naming”.  Of what a name means.  How we rely on that as way of referring to someone or something.  As a means of “calling” or “being called”.  Veneration of “Ha-Shem” (The Name) is already a … Continue reading

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Mary treasured all these things in her heart

Remembrance.  Pondering in depth.  Recounting for oneself the salient moments where Holy Mystery has visited us, blessing or perhaps wounding us to our core.  Over and over Luke’s Gospel points to this powerful and necessary task.  Mary’s task and our … Continue reading

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A heart crushed and broken

The psalmist meditates on prayer: 16 For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased. 17 The sacrifice acceptable to God* is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, … Continue reading

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The Voice of the Lord Strips the Forests Bare

Lift up your hearts: We lift them up to the Lord:

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Liturgy of the Heart

This is a link to a wonderful post by Macrina Walker which summarizes a talk she went to back when she was still a Cistercian nun. The presenter was another Cistercian, Andre Louf, who died last month. He spent his … Continue reading

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