ARCHIVE January, 2018

Who Even At Night Directs My Heart

“I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel, who even at night directs my heart.”  Psalm 16:7 I was never one to have recurring dreams, though I have often had recurring thematic dreams: driving cars or buses, trying to hit a golf ball, and ones that always get my interior attention, end of the  Read more

January 23, 2018 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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What Was On The Left….

As Fr. John and I began to work together, I would meet with him in his office inside the monastic enclosure. Not many people were privileged to go inside the enclosure, so I felt rather proud of myself to walk through the door that had a sign on it that said, “Monastic Enclosure. Monks Only.”  Read more

January 10, 2018 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Holding the Universe in the Palm of My Hands

Dr. Kim, in his strong martial arts voice, commanded “Sit up straight, happ close your eyes (he meant ‘half’ close;’ the ‘f’ sound is difficult for first language Koreans), and look out to the floor one metre ahead of you. Breathe in very slowly. Feel the air on the tips of your nostrils as you breathe  Read more

January 8, 2018 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Zen Meditation and Catholic Contemplation

Having poured out my story to Fr. John, he sat back in his chair, straightened his black Trappist scapular ( he did this habitually when he was about to say something important), and said, “Well, that is an interesting story. We have many monks who try Zen meditation and find themselves having emotional difficulties with  Read more

January 7, 2018 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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