by Kent Smith
In an episode of his podcast Turning to the Mystics, clinical psychologist James Finley describes his first encounter with Thomas Merton:
“I told him about my desire for God. Then he told me, ‘Once in a while, you’ll find somebody to talk to about this, but they are hard to find. The purpose of this place is, it is a place meant to protect, to preserve, and cultivate this radical desire, as a charism in the world.’ And then he offered me guidance in my own prayer.”
Source: Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation from the Center for Action and Contemplation (Meditation@cac.org), “Lost in the Secret of God’s Face” (September 1, 2021).
At the heart of the Contemplative Center of Silicon Valley is our passion to provide a welcoming place that protects, preserves, and cultivates our desire for God.
―Kent Smith, Spiritual Director and Discernment Board Member at CCSV
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by Atum O'Kane
I need community.
You need community.
We are a part of God's body.
Thank you for making this journey with me.
Thank you for sharing your gifts, your being, your soul story, and your life.
We are a part of God's heart.
I hold you in love, respect, compassion, and appreciation.
May your soul unfold with grace and accommodation.
We are all a part of God's body.
May your heart know the beauty of love and the support of soul friends as you go forth.
Peace be with you.
We are all a part of the soul of humanity.
―Atum O'Kane, Teaching on the gift of community and a prayer of completion
Place your mind toward the mirror of eternity.