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Hook in me

Emotions flow of their own accord often times my mind plays it’s own tapes, movies, reruns seen often, all I have to do is sit back and observe, the length of their life depending on how the observer reacts, calmly allowing things to proceed, or being absorbed by the inner play, which allows the story […]

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If we do not think, we cannot act freely.

Well, the need has been desperately urgent, not for one year or ten, but for fifty, sixty, seventy, a hundred years. If, when thought is needed, nobody does any thinking, if everyone assumes that someone else is thinking, then it is clear that no one is thinking either for himself or for anybody else. Instead […]

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My soul does not want it

It was said of a brother that he had to fight against blasphemy and he was ashamed to admit it. He went where he heard some great old men lived to see them, in order to open his heart to them but when he got there, he was ashamed to admit his temptation. So he […]

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What shall I do in my affliction?

When the holy Abba Antony lived in the desert he was beset by accidie, and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God,’Lord, I want to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my affliction? Ho w can I be saved?’ A short while afterwards, when […]

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God is the Reason

God is the meditation of my heart and my inheritance, that I await, long for and delight in. He is the objective I have set myself, the whole reason for my efforts. He, God himself, is the inheritance I plan to bring to a home of right-ordered love, that he may sup with me and […]

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Bowl of Marbles (part 2)

My mind still races, though I am better at slowing it down as I age, perhaps that is what . . . writing is all about, to slow down thoughts and yes my tapes, many of them compulsive and tormenting, if I take the wrong attitude towards them. Some days, when I am tired, or […]

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A wonder

How the mind works, it does what it wants, thoughts a jumble of absurdity, untamed, filled with flame and ice, earthquakes and tsunamis. Alive with impulses primal, primitive, hidden beneath our decadent cultural masks; sophistication a fraudulent aplomb, as the inner turmoil takes it toll. As if all is well in our hearts and minds, […]

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God is my objective

God is the  meditation of my  heart and  my  inheritance, that I await, long for and  delight in. He is the objective I have set myself, the whole reason for my efforts. He, God himself, is the  inheritance I plan  to bring to a  home of right-ordered love, that  he may sup with me and […]

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Prayer without Ceasing: O God, Come to my assistance

. . . this was delivered to us by a few of those who were left of the oldest fathers, so it is only divulged by us to a very few and to those who are really keen. And so for keeping up continual recollection of God this pious formula is to be ever set […]

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The biggest lies

The biggest lies are the ones you tell to yourself. Did you ever contemplate that? You lie to yourself that you’re ugly. You lie to yourself that you can’t succeed. You lie to yourself that no one can love you. You lie to yourself that you are being honest! Everyone does it. Everyone forgets that […]

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