Thomas Merton, one of the great contemplatives of the 20th century, says that “contemplative living is a way of responding to our everyday relationships” (from Bridges to Contemplative Living, Book One). When we approach life from a contemplative stance, we become more aware of God’s presence all around us, and we slow down to appreciate it. Likewise, we become more aware of our own responses to life and our connection to the persons we encounter every day.
The fall/Winter 2015 issue of Reflections magazine explores this aspect of the contemplative life and invites you to engage with it. To read the entire issue online, click on the cover image. Or explore the issue in-depth and read each article here.
You will also find, in this issue, suggested practices with which to explore the contemplative life.
The printed issue of the magazine will be mailed the week of November 9 to every household in the Diocese of West Texas. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And make plans now to attend a one-day Contemplative Retreat led by the Revs. Mike Chalk and Linda Ricketts at the Bishop Jones Center on January 30.
We welcome your feedback on this issue of Reflections and invite you to explore past issues by clicking on titles from the menu on the top right of this page.
Marjorie George, editor
Cover photo this issue by Peter Szarmach, www.composingbeauty.com
“I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly,” said the Christ (John 10:10). “All those other things – that big bank account, that prestige you seek, that power you hope to gain – those are all thieves and robbers,” he said. “Only I can give you abundant life.”
The Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Reflections magazine explores “abundant life” and invites you to do the same. Printed issues should be in homes soon; the online issue is now available by clicking this link or clicking on “Abundant Life” in the topics menu on the right.
In this issue you will find
articles from wonderful writers,
questions for your further reflection with each article,
resources for small-group study,
and an interview with Patsy Sasek, the artist who created the cover for this issue.
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We welcome your feedback.
The Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Reflections magazine is now online. In this issue, our writers take on the topic of vocation – how, when, and where we use the gifts God has given us to further the Kingdom of God right here, right now. You can read the entire issue – and we hope you will – or individual articles from the issue by clicking the arrow
The following post, from the issue, considers the vocation of our old friend Moses. Enjoy. And let us hear from you.
Have I Got a Job for you, Moses
by Marjorie George
Never since Moses “has there arisen a prophet in Israel like him, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel” (Deut 34:10-12).
But Moses did not get to enter the Promised Land.
Continue reading Vocation
“When I reach the chair by the glass door, sit down, and pull my legs up into it, I join the living stream of prayer that is always pouring out from God, blessing and healing and repairing the earth. Breath by breath I get to listen to the rhythm of a life so immensely greater than my own, and begin again to match my life to its rhythms.” – Jane Patterson, from “God Prays First,” in the Spring/Summer issue of Reflections magazine, now online.
Read Jane’s article and more from our favorite authors in the current issue of Reflections magazine. Enjoy the entire issue all at once or read the articles one at a time – then follow the resource links to lots more about spiritual practices.
Click here to go to this issue of Reflections magazine. Then let us hear from you.
From the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Reflections magazine:
“Spiritual practices, some call them spiritual disciplines, assist in connecting us with God and the life God desires for us. Rather than being drudgery, as they are often characterized, they make the Christian life easier. In the spiritual practices, we do not “conjure up” God; we do not stress and strain to coax him into our lives. God is already there.”
The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Reflections magazine is now online, with articles and photography and lots of resources about spiritual practices.
In the coming days, each article in the issue will be posted individually to this site; the printed issue of the magazine will be in the mailboxes of subscribers* in about a week.
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By Marjorie George
What happened? What the hell happened? A week ago we were entering the city in triumph. People were shouting “hail to the king,” throwing their cloaks on the road in front of him and waving palm branches.
And now we are huddled in this dark little room with the doors locked, and he is dead. The revolution has failed. It’s over.
I sit on the floor with my back to the wall, knees pulled up to my chest, hiding with the rest of them. I disappear under my cloak – whew this thing is smelly; I need to find a stream soon. Most of them are still asleep on the floor. What now? What are we going to do now? Go back home, I guess, ignore the jeers and cruel jokes from the people of my village who told me I was crazy to follow him when I left three years ago. Continue reading The Story