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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Finding Self...

Anthony De Mello: Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series)

This book gives a great introduction to the wisdom and insights of this great writer.

Concealed within these pages (not in the printed words, not even in the tales, but in its spirit, its mood, its atmosphere) is a wisdom which cannot be conveyed in human speech.

Anthony de Mello, was a Jesuit priest, he became famous for his books on spirituality. He was born in 1931, in Goa, India and died in 1987 in the United States of America. A sample extract of his profound wisdom:

"It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear!"

Some of his stories, or rather, parables.

"Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors and the silence of the monastery would be shattered. This would upset the disciples; not the Master, who seemed just as content with the noise as with the silence. To his protesting disciples he said one day, "Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self"."

God...In Our Hearts

A little something I read recently...something to reflect about.

A crowd of Catholics showed up at the gates of heaven. "Right this way," said St. Peter and showed them to a room.

Later that day, Buddhists came, Presbyterians came, the Sikhs arrived, and then the Muslims. "OK," Peter said, "Now everybody's checked in, and we can get you all settled. But please tiptoe pass the third room on the right." "But why?" the crowd said.

"Because that's where the Catholics are," St. Peter said, "and we don't want to disappoint them; they think they're the only ones here."

...God is in the heart of humankind. If we listen clearly, we can hear that same voice in another language.

Joan Chittister

Becoming Fully Human: The Greatest Glory of God