A Prayer of Longing

I am preparing a talk for a men’s conference in January of next year. Below is my prayer to God to help me know what I am to say to these men. Father, I open my heart to you and beg you to speak through me the message you want these men to know from  Read more

June 23, 2018 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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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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God Is Love, I Know It

I stared at the large crucifix hanging on the wall behind the alter, focusing on my breathing, doing my Zen best to be in the present moment. I knew every little nuance of the large plaster corpus of Christ (it must have been 7 feet tall), his eyes open, the crown of thorns, nails in hands  Read more

December 26, 2017 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Saying Good-bye To My Father

My wife, Ysabel, and I walked through the wet night, past the shopping mall, toward Chelsey Park Retirement Home, where my father Dennis was living out his last days.  The weather, unusually mild for January in Canada, was a perfect reflection of how I was feeling inside: dark, misty, and sad.   I knew, as  Read more

February 12, 2017 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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The Harrowing of Hell – Book Excerpt

I was in a state of turmoil.  Here I was was back in London, my childhood home, living with my parents, out of work and out of my beloved Zen practice, separated from my teacher, Dr. Kim, with whom I had invested so much of the past 2 years of my life, and I was  Read more

December 2, 2016 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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What The Old Lady Said – Book Excerpt

Though I knew the Old Lady from Calgary had said something very important to Dr. Kim about me, having spent 10 minutes discussing what she had learned from her ‘reading’ of my energy, I had no idea what it was about.  Dr. Kim simply responded with lots of nodding and u-hums, but beyond this, I  Read more

December 2, 2016 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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Reverse Psychology Reversed – Book Excerpt

Though I had been reading Thomas Merton’s books on Zen Buddhism and Carmelite spirituality, and had found them intriguing, I still had not seen the irony in reading books about Catholic mysticism to strengthen my resolve to shave my head and go to a Zen monastery as a monk.  And though Dr. Kim had read  Read more

December 1, 2016 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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