Advent Reflection: How to Live From the Heart

Advent Reflection - Living Deeply through Penance

Earlier this year I posted the story of a dream and revelation I had in Russia, which shook me out of my distracted, superficial way of living and reminded me why I was really there. It called me down from the noisy shallows into a mysterious “deep life,” something I could sense, but not describe. It … Read more…

A Simple Thought on Finding Life in Stillness

Something I really love about the Russian language is that states of silence and color can be verbs. For instance, if something is white, you could express it as a static description — it is white — or, more poetically, as an action: it whites. It’s the same with silence. Someone can be silent, or, on the other hand, … Read more…

A Simple Thought on Not Publishing One’s Thoughts

A Simple Thought on Not Publishing One's Thoughts

Ignore, for a minute, the tremendous irony of the title. Some time ago, a friend of mine who is a Benedictine monk (and priest) shared with me a remark made by his novice master: “Every now and then, try to have an unpublished thought.” That small remark has stuck with me in the back of … Read more…