Bishop Lopes’ Triduum Homilies

20191117_140316 (1)Jackson Perry, (shown  left of Peter Jesserer Smith at our Toronto conference last November) is a member of the Connecticut ordinariate group.

Jackson called my attention to Bishop Lopes’ Triduum homilies and transcribed them to we could publish them here, subject to the bishop’s permission, which we now have.

You can find the liturgies online at the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter’s YouTube channel.   Here they are.  They are wonderful.  Enjoy.

The picture below is from last year’s Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, taken from the Cathedral’s website.   

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Maundy Thursday

What makes this night different from all other nights? That’s the ritual question with which every Passover supper for the last three millennia has begun. From the Passover celebrated today, and the Passover celebrated at Jesus’s own last supper with his disciples. The youngest asks it of the oldest. And so, we imagine in the tradition that it fell to John the Apostle to ask the question of Peter. What makes this night different from all other nights? It’s a retelling, a ritual retelling of the most important event in the entire history of Israel, woven through the entire history of God’s people. This is the night in which God saved and redeem His people and delivered them from slavery in Egypt. It is, therefore, their foundational experience, and it tells them everything they need to know about who God is, about who they are in God, and therefore their relationship with the world. It all comes down to that night, and the experience of the God who led them out from slavery to freedom.

But in leading them out, that relationship God forged on that night had to be formed, and reformed, again and again. How quickly his people forgot. How quickly they went astray. They had to be, in many ways, stripped down and rebuilt by the Lord Himself. When we read the accounts of Exodus over these three sacred days, this is what we come back to, again and again: That being stripped down to the foundations of faith, and allowing the Lord to rebuild our own faith, is essential in order to live the new and eternal relationship with the Father. Because in Exodus, they had to come to rely on God’s power, not their own. They were utterly powerless and forsaken. In the great revelation of God that they would experience on Mount Sinai, they had to come and embrace His law, not their own, His holiness, certainly not their own.

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Choral Mattins at our 2019 Anglican Tradition Conference

DSC_6019-sOn the morning of Saturday, November 16th, the participants in our Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church crossed the street to pray mattins in Toronto’s St Michael’s Cathedral. The video is now online and can be viewed on Facebook or on YouTube.

The service was a great opportunity for our community to experience choral mattins in a true Cathedral setting with a crowd larger than our usual parish gatherings, and with a splendid ensemble of musicians. The service was preceded by prelude music sung by the choir, namely the Stanford in B-flat Jubilate. The preces & responses were in Anglican chant from the Canadian Psalter, as were the psalms. The canticles included the Venite in Anglican chant, the Te Deum in Vaughan Williams’ G major setting, and Stanford’s Benedictus in C.

The anthem was the epic O Praise the Lord by Healey Willan, composed for a previous generation’s gathering of Anglicans in Toronto at the Anglican Congress of 1963, which was held at Toronto’s famous Maple Leaf Gardens. On that occasion, held while the Catholic Church was still engaged in the sessions of the Second Vatican Council, about 17,000 representatives of the Anglican Communion from all around the world, including Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey, came together to discuss the mission of Anglican Christianity.

Screenshot (491)-cComing to our service of Choral Mattins, held on the margins of the Society’s ninth conference on the Anglican tradition in the Catholic Church, those in the congregation had just heard Bishop Steven Lopes speak about the mission, and identity, of the ordinariate. While the Anglican Communion has suffered severe decline since 1963, the ordinariate, a Catholic church in the Anglican tradition formed of Anglicans who have entered into full communion with the successors of St Peter, bears a hope of future growth. Our trust is in the Lord, and we will build our future on the sure foundation of the Catholic faith.

Watch the video here:

He is Risen! Easter Sunday Mass

In Australia, Msgr. Carl Reid of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross celebrated Easter Sunday Mass here.

In the United Kingdom, Easter Sunday Masses via the internet can be found here.

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church (Warwick St.) London below

In North America, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham will celebrate Easter Sunday Mass at 8:00 a.m. CDT (9:00 a.m. EDT)  see below 

Mount Calvary Catholic  Church in Baltimore at 9:30 a.m. EDT. See below

 

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bridgeport, PA, See below

 

Incarnation Catholic Church in Orlando, Easter Sunday Mass at 10:15 a.m. EDT here.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa  Easter Sunday Mattins at 9:20 a.m. and Mass at 10:00 a.m. EDT here.  The bulletin is here.

St. Aelred Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia, check their Facebook page

Our Lady & St. John: check their Facebook page 

St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha check their Facebook and YouTube Channel

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas will be live streaming Easter Sunday Mass at  79:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.. CDT Mass via its Facebook page. The recorded Mass will then be uploaded to Atonement’s YouTube channel.

Easter Sunday (April 12): Online Masses – 9AM w/Fr. Baaten; 12PM w/Fr. Bartus; 2PM w/Fr. Alan.  (PDT_

Go here to the Holy Martyrs Facebook page to watch these Masses live.

The Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, will be live streaming Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. CDT  via their Facebook page.  

St. Luke’s Ordinariate Catholic Parish in Washington, D.C.  Easter Sunday Mass at  11:00 a.m. via Facebook.

Here are some of the Facebook pages of Ordinariate parishes.   Leave a note in the comments section if I missed yours.

CANADA

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church,  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

St. John Henry Newman, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

UNITED STATES

Our Lady and St. John Catholic Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Murietta, California

St. Alban’s Catholic Church, Rochester, New York

St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Holy Nativity Catholic Church, Payson, Arizona

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas

St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, Fort Worth, Texas

St. George Catholic Church, Republic, Missouri

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cleburne, Texas

The Catholic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Arglington, Texas

Please let me know if you would like your Facebook page added here.

 

Easter Vigil in the Ordinariates

In Australia, Msgr. Carl Reid of Our Lady of the Southern Cross will celebrate the Easter Vigil here.

In the United Kingdom, you can find celebrations of the Easter Vigil here.

Easter Vigil streamed from Our lady of the Assumption Warwick Street at 830 BST tonight here.

In North America, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham will live stream the Easter Vigil at 8:00 CDT (9 p.m. EDT) here.

Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m. See below.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bridgeport: 8: 30 p.m. (See below)

St. Aelred Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia, check their Facebook page

Our Lady & St. John: check their Facebook page 

St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha check their Facebook and YouTube Channel

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas will be live streaming the 8:00 p.m. CDT Mass via its Facebook page. The recorded Mass will then be uploaded to Atonement’s YouTube channel.

The Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, will be live streaming a Holy Saturday Liturgy of the Word at 9:00 a.m. CDT and the Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m. CDT  via their Facebook page.  

St. Luke’s Ordinariate Catholic Parish in Washington, D.C.  Easter Vigil at  8:00 p.m. via Facebook.    The bulletin is here.

Incarnation Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida Easter Vigil at 8 p.m.  EDT via Facebook

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Maryin Ottawa  Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. EDT here.  The bulletin is here.

For those on the West Coast,  Holy Martyrs Catholic Church has the following schedule of Masses online:

Holy Saturday (April 11): Online Liturgy of the Word – Noon w/Fr. Bartus

Easter Vigil (April 11): Online Mass – 6PM (8PM CST) w/Bp. Lopes at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas [LINK

Go here to the Holy Martyrs Facebook page to watch these Masses live.

The Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, will be live streaming its Mass for Holy Thursday at 7 p.m. CDT  via their Facebook page.  

Here are some of the Facebook pages of Ordinariate parishes.   Leave a note in the comments section if I missed yours.

CANADA

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church,  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

St. John Henry Newman, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

UNITED STATES

Our Lady and St. John Catholic Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Murietta, California

St. Alban’s Catholic Church, Rochester, New York

St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Holy Nativity Catholic Church, Payson, Arizona

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas

St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, Fort Worth, Texas

St. George Catholic Church, Republic, Missouri

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cleburne, Texas

The Catholic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Arglington, Texas

Please let me know if you would like your Facebook page added here.

 

Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

In Australia,  Msgr. Carl Reid, Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross celebrated the Good Friday liturgy here.

In the United Kingdom, you can find times for Good Friday liturgies and links to live streams here.

For Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory Parish, (Warwick St.) check out their YouTube channel.  Good Friday Solemn Liturgy is at 3:00 p.m. GMT + 1

In North America, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham  Good Friday Solemn Liturgy at 3:00 p.m. CDT (4:00 p.m. EDT).

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada will be live streaming the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday at 1:00 p.m. EDT here.  The bulletin is here.

Church of the Incarnation in Orlando, Florida will live stream the Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday at 3:00 p.m. EDT via Facebook.

St John the Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania will live stream The Great Three Hours: Mass of the Presanctified, followed by Preaching on the Seven Last Words of Christ at 12:00 noon EDT  here.

The service leaflet may be downloaded at this link: http://sjbbridgeport.org/friday_leaflet.pdf
Hymn: http://sjbbridgeport.org/friday_hymns.pdf

THE SCRIPTURE LESSONS:

Prophecy: Isaiah 52.13-53.12
Epistle: Hebrews 4.14-16; 5.7-9
The Passion: John 18.1-19.37

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St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.  will live stream at 3:00 p.m. EDT here.  Here is the bulletin for St. Luke’s.

St. Aelred Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia, check their Facebook page

Our Lady & St. John in Louisville, Kentucky begins its Good Friday liturgy at 12:00 Noon EDT. See below.

St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha will offer the Good Friday Liturgy at 12:00 noon CDT via its  Facebook page and YouTube Channel

Mount Calvary in Baltimore  will live stream the Good Friday Liturgy at 12:00 noon

 

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas will live stream the Good Friday Liturgy at 3 p.m. via its Facebook page.  Mass videos can also be found here.

Sat-Sun 9 a.m. 12 pm. 2 p.m. (PDT)
Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. (PDT)

Go here to the Holy Martyrs Facebook page to watch these Masses live.

The Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, will be live streaming Stations of the Cross at Mass at 12:00 Noon and the Good Friday Liturgy at 3:00 p.m. CDT  via their Facebook page.  

Here are some of the Facebook pages of Ordinariate parishes.   Leave a note in the comments section if I missed yours.

CANADA

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church,  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

St. John Henry Newman, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

UNITED STATES

Our Lady and St. John Catholic Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Murietta, California

St. Alban’s Catholic Church, Rochester, New York

St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Holy Nativity Catholic Church, Payson, Arizona

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas

St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, Fort Worth, Texas

St. George Catholic Church, Republic, Missouri

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cleburne, Texas

The Catholic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Arglington, Texas

Please let me know if you would like your Facebook page added here.

 

Maundy Thursday Masses

Above is Msgr. Keith Newton at a renewal of priestly commitment earlier today.

Here are some links to Maundy Thursday Masses in various ordinariate parishes around the world.

For the United Kingdom, online Masses  in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham can be found here.   There are several that begin at either 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.  GMT + 1

For Australia, Msgr. Carl Reid of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross celebrated Mass here.

 

In North America, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham  Mass at 6:30 p.m. CDT (5:30 p.m. EDT).

My parish Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be live streaming Evensong at 5:30 and Holy Mass at 6:00 p.m. EDT here.    The Mass bulletin is here.

Church of the Incarnation in Orlando will offer  Mass at 6:30 p.m. EDT via Facebook

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St John the Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania according to “Divine Worship: The Missal” 7:30 p.m. EDT,  link: http://sjbbridgeport.org/thursday_leaflet.pdf
Text for hymns: http://sjbbridgepor

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St. Aelred Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia, check their Facebook page

Our Lady & St. John: check their Facebook page 

St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha will live stream Mass at 7:00 CDT: check their Facebook and YouTube channel.

Mount Calvary in Baltimore (above) will live stream Maundy Thursday Mass at 7:30 p.m. EDT via their YouTube channel.

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas will be live streaming the 7:00 p.m. CDT Mass via its Facebook page. The recorded Mass will then be uploaded to Atonement’s YouTube channel.

Sat-Sun 9 a.m. 12 pm. 2 p.m. (PDT)
Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. (PDT)

Go here to the Holy Martyrs Facebook page to watch these Masses live.

The Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, will be live streaming its Mass for Holy Thursday at 7 p.m. CDT  via their Facebook page.  

Here are some of the Facebook pages of Ordinariate parishes.   Leave a note in the comments section if I missed yours.

CANADA

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church,  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

St. John Henry Newman, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

UNITED STATES

Our Lady and St. John Catholic Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Murietta, California

St. Alban’s Catholic Church, Rochester, New York

St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Holy Nativity Catholic Church, Payson, Arizona

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas

St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, Fort Worth, Texas

St. George Catholic Church, Republic, Missouri

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cleburne, Texas

The Catholic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Arglington, Texas

Please let me know if you would like your Facebook page added here.

 

Tenebrae on Wednesday of Holy Week

Mt. Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore will be live streaming Tenebrae at 7:30 p.m. EDT. (See above).

From Mt. Calvary’s Facebook page:

What is Tenebrae? It is an evening prayer service of monastic origin held on Wednesday in Holy Week to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the passion events. It begins with a full candelabra (called a “hearse”) and dim lighting. With each chanted cycle of prayer, the lights dim and a candle is lost until the people are left with an actual and emotional experience of darkness–the loss of the hoped-for savior. The service is left unfinished as all leave silently with a ray of hope from one candle relighted, the promise of Easter. Since no sacrament is offered, personal reflection is the action of Tenebrae, driving one of the most emotionally poignant moments in the liturgical calendar.

Tenebrae is at Mount Calvary at 7:30 pm this Wednesday

Our Lady and St. John in Louisville, Kentucky will live stream Mass at 2 p.m.  andTenebrae via its Facebook page at 7 p.m. EDT

John Covert has a Tenebrae service published at his Daily Morning and Evening Prayer site.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Maryin Ottawa will be live streaming Evensong at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 6:00 p.m. via the parish’s Facebook page.   The bulletin for Evensong and Mass is here.

Annunciation will also live stream Tenebrae at 8:00 p.m. EDT.   The booklet for Tenebrae is here.

The booklet has the music for the antiphons.

Evensong and Benediction at 4 p.m. EDT

DSC02001The picture above shows Benediction during our annual Eucharistic Procession with St. George’s Roman Catholic Church the year Bishop Lopes presided.

This afternoon at 4:00 p.m. EDT Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will live stream Evensong and Benediction via Facebook.

You can find the bulletin with the Psalms and Canticles here.

We have Choral Evensong and Benediction once a month on the first Sunday of the month, followed by wine and cheese.   This will be our first virtual edition, and unfortunately there will not be enough people for the Canticles to be done in four-part harmony.   But join us anyway.  Afterwards, I will be having a glass of wine and some cheese in solidarity!

 

Palm Sunday Ordinariate Masses April 5

Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick St.  London

Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham

Here are some links to Masses for Palm Sunday in various ordinariate parishes around the world.

For the United Kingdom, online Masses  in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham can be found here.

For Australia, Msgr. Carl Reid of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross celebrated Mass here.

In North America, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham  live streamed Mass Sunday at 9:00 a.m. CDT (10:00 a.m. EDT).  (see above)

St. John Vianney Catholic Church will live stream Mass at 9:00 a.m. CDT (10:00 a.m. EDT) via their Facebook page.

91983923_10158211175873134_2173776716231606272_nMy parish Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be live streaming Mattins at 9:20 a.m. and Holy Mass at 10:00 a.m. here.  

You can find the bulletin for both Mattins and Mass here. 

Annunciation will also be live streaming Evensong and Benediction at 4:00 p.m.  EDT.

 

Church of the Incarnation in Orlando will offer a pre-recorded sung Mass at 10:15 a.m. EDT via YouTube    Their Sunday bulletin is here.

Also at 10:00 a.m. EDT, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, will be broadcasting the Mass live.

St. Aelred Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia, will also be celebrating Mass via their Facebook page at 10:00 EDT.

Our Lady & St. John will be streaming on their Facebook page at 3:00 PM EDT.

St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha will live stream Mass tomorrow at  10:30 and putting it up on their YouTube channel.

Mount Calvary in Baltimore will broadcast Mass for the Fourth Sunday Lent  at 10:00 a.m. EDT via their YouTube channel.

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas will be live streaming the 11:00 a.m. CDT Mass via its Facebook page. The recorded Mass will then be uploaded to Atonement’s YouTube channel.

Sat-Sun 9 a.m. 12 pm. 2 p.m. (PDT)
Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. (PDT)

Go here to the Holy Martyrs Facebook page to watch these Masses live.

The Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, will be live streaming its Sunday Masses at 8:00 am, 10:30 am, and 6:00 pm (CDT) via their Facebook page.

Here are some of the Facebook pages of Ordinariate parishes.   Leave a note in the comments section if I missed yours.

CANADA

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church,  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

St. John Henry Newman, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

UNITED STATES

Our Lady and St. John Catholic Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Murietta, California

St. Alban’s Catholic Church, Rochester, New York

St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Holy Nativity Catholic Church, Payson, Arizona

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas

St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, Fort Worth, Texas

St. George Catholic Church, Republic, Missouri

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cleburne, Texas

The Catholic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Arglington, Texas

Please let me know if you would like your Facebook page added here.

 

David Torkington on the Cloud of Unknowing

20200113_170350Before the pandemic, some of us in our parish began a Lenten School of Prayer, during which we have been reading David Torkington’s book   Wisdom from the Christian Mystics: How to Pray the Christian Way.

We began meeting via the internet two weeks ago and we have another meeting this evening.   I’m glad we did, because it has helped me keep my focus on prayer despite all the temptation to binge on social media and bad news.

During this time of social distancing and isolation, many of us are experiencing anxiety, loneliness, and fear.   Some of us have had loved ones who have become sick or have died; some of us have loved ones who work on the front lines in the healthcare industry or as hospital chaplains; some of us have lost our jobs and none of us knows what the future holds regarding the economy.

Prayer helps ease these fears because it draws us closer to God who is the Prince of Peace.

However, maybe some of us are finding the old tried and true methods of drawing closer to God are not “working” in the same way they used to.  Even with the imposed extra time we have at home, maybe we’re finding it’s not that easy to pray—and that maybe the excuse we had that we were “too busy” masked something deeper that now comes to light.

One of the classics in the English Catholic mystical tradition is The Cloud of Unknowing and now might be a time to revisit this patrimonial work.  To help with that, David Torkington kindly send me a chapter of his book  Wisdom from the Western Isles on The Cloud with permission to post it here on the blog.

Chapter 5

 

The Cloud of Unknowing

 
 
 
 

Once again Peter arrived almost half an hour late. It was most uncharacteristic of him, but I knew he had a lot on his plate.

“Now that I have briefly outlined the mystic way,” he said, “let me come to the predicament in which you find yourself.

“Everybody who prays seriously and consistently for any length of time will eventually find themselves on the other side of first fervour, at the threshold of the night. This is the moment when the vast majority who come this far in prayer usually pack it all in – I know I nearly did. All my attempts at prayer were a complete failure. Each time I tried to pray in the way I once could I simply got nowhere. The Scriptures, the devotions, the meditations that moved me before moved me no more. Two tormentors always accompanied me to prayer. The first was a raking desire for God, the second was a mind full of distractions that drove me crazy, because I couldn’t do anything about them. So my heart was restless inside and outside the prayer that I thought was pointless. I was continually tempted to pack it all in and do something more constructive with my time.”

 

“That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling,” I said, “and the truth is I have been making a run for it, but I don’t seem to be getting very far because nothing satisfies me any more. I can’t even get any pleasure out of the hobbies and the enthusiasms that used to excite me before.”

“Right,” said Peter. “All that you are saying confirms that you are on the right, not the wrong, path. In this strange new world in which you find yourself, it’s as if you are caught between heaven and earth. Your heart wants to reach out and touch the love that has already touched you, but endless distractions vie with one another to draw you away from what you desperately desire. What you must now learn to do is to keep your heart’s gaze fixed upon God, come hell or high water – nothing else matters. You can forget all the forms of prayer that helped you so much in the past, because they won’t help you to continue in the future. Now you must learn to travel by contemplation, not by meditation.

 

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