Sermons tagged with ‘Thomas merton’

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The Test

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Lent is a practice. It is a practice preparing us for tests. Taking on a practice, giving up a pleasure for the season, fasting periodically, say one or two days a week, sunrise to sunset, engaging in a study or reflection that you may not normally do, exploring some inconvenient truth that needs attention, learning about the suffering of another, practicing compassion.

Then of course, failing at what you set out to do is part of the practice. Maybe you won’t fail. Then the test wasn’t challenging enough.

The Mystic Jesus

Have you ever had that experience, that feeling of peace, of release, that whatever happens, it will be OK? The feeling doesn’t last often. The old fears resurface, but for the moment, the mystical moment, when everything is connected.