Cultivating the Inner Life

Beginners must realize that in order to give delight to the Lord they are starting to cultivate a garden on very barren soil, full of abominable weeds. His majesty pulls up the weeds and plants good seed.

Now let us keep in mind that all of this is already done by the time a soul is determined to practice prayer and has begun to make use of it.

And with the help of God we must strive like good gardeners to get these plants to grow and take pains to water them so that they don’t wither but come to provide refreshment for this Lord of ours.

St. Teresa of Avila

From Midday Prayer Today …

O God, you both comfort me and disturb my complacency through your Spirit. May I recognize the blind, the lame and the prisoner in the circumstances of my life, and understand my call to proclaim the good news to the poor. I ask this through Jesus who is my way, my truth and my life.


Breathing Space Resources for July

Well, it’s been another busy week, but God has been very good to me through a couple of relationships that I honestly did not realise were key to my life, but clearly are. Have you ever had that happen to you?  Some people you’re connected to, are perhaps perceived by you to be on the perifery of your life, but then God uses them to speak deeply and profoundly to you in order to bring a breakthrough.

That’s certainly what happened for me this week, with a man much younger than myself. The arrogance of my age (nearly 45) enabled me to almost write this guy off as having anything of real value to bring to my life, other than to be a work colleague. How wrong I was!

I know of late I’ve made some well intentioned, but ultimately hollow promises to write about some particular topics, but these encounters, the most recent in particular, have set me free in some remarkable ways. So, I promise you, I will write about these things over the next week.

Will you hold me to it?  Good!

Anyway, tomorrow is July’s Breathing Space (our monthly quiet day .. a contemplative prayer experience in the monastic tradition), so I figured if you’re like my close friends Phil and Jeanette Beale, who now live and work in Dubai, and you cannot be with us tomorrow, you might like to conduct your own quiet day at some point in the near future, or even orient your schedule to be with us virtually (mystically) by using the liturgy planned for tomorrow to join us in prayer at the appropriate times.

Let me know if you do. I’d love to hear your feedback.

Grab the PDF here. You’ll be seeing it even before those who attend tomorrow’s Breathing Space!

Oh .. and here‘s some extra resources I’ll be distributing tomorrow to help some newcomers engage with the day.

Sydney Benedictine Experience ’08

The Sydney Benedictine Experience ’08 is coming up in November and you are most welcome to join us. I have already registered and am very much looking forward to my return visit to this outstanding retreat weekend.

It is being led by Father Michael King, a precious monk who is Abbot of Australia’s only Anglican Benedictine Abbey in Victoria, and is again being held at the Mount St Benedict Centre in West Pennant Hills. The dates are 21st – 23rd November, and the cost is only $300.00 which includes all meals, accommodation and materials for the weekend.

To get an idea of what last year’s retreat weekend was like, visit here.

In the meantime, download both the flyer and brochure (which includes the registration form), and perhaps we’ll see each other at this year’s Sydney Benedictine Experience.

Where Has the Time Gone?

As you’d be aware, these past few weeks have been immensely busy for me. I have finally completed the development of the new Storm Harvest website and, right now, I am working on the development of three other commercial sites for new clients who come to me from “who knows where”.

But, over the last few days, I’ve finally felt like I could get my head above water sufficiently to find some balance again. No restoration of rhythm yet mind you, but certainly it’s good to have some balance back .. and I’ll be writing more about that over the coming week.

In the meantime, it’s interesting to see how time just seems to scream by if you don’t take the time to engage with life itself. Some might suggest that working long hours and being constantly busy is engaging in life. But I beg to differ.

I’m sure it was just a tiny handful of years ago that my amazing wife, Jo, gave birth to our oldest daughter Alyshia. Tomorrow, she turns 16.

Where did all that time go?

She is studying for her learner driver’s permit, she’s gearing toward getting an apprenticeship as a hairdresser at the end of the year and in just two years she’ll be eligible to vote and be considered an adult by the state. Sooner than I’d like, she’ll be falling in love, planning a marriage, moving out of home and having children of her own.

How quickly life passes us by. How easily we allow “stuff” to get in the way of what’s really important.

More’s the point … how quickly I allow “stuff” to get in the way of what’s really important.

It’s on that subject that I’ll be writing over the next few days. I trust it will be worth your while to drop by again soon.