More Than A Bike

In navigating the masculine journey, emotional memories from the past come to the surface for healing. Some of these memories can be life-altering ones. “More Than A Bike,’ represents an emotional crisis I experienced as a 10 year-old. I have had to process this disappointment, and accept that I had a complex need that did  Read more

November 15, 2018 in Blog Post, Book Excerpt 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, so I felt rather proud to walk through the door that had a sign on it saying: “Monastic Enclosure. Monks Only.” I still did not trust  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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God Shows Himself – Book Excerpt

The chapel was bathed in a soothing yellow light, the monks, and a few of the local farmers from the Valley, were waiting quietly for morning Mass to begin.  In the near silence, one could hear pages turning, and the sound of books being shuffled here and there in the choir stalls, and monks clearing  Read more

December 1, 2016 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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To Know the Interior Presence

Lord Jesus, when we offer up to you our broken hearts, you yourself come to console us in our sorrow.  It is by your very real presence in us, in our hearts, and in our souls, that we find you and the love that heals us.  This is why a life of interior prayer is  Read more

April 10, 2016 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Zen Martial Arts Lesson One, Book Excerpt

I was really excited to go to my first martial arts lesson at the Canadian Rockies Zen Centre.   I walked in the door and met 5 other men between the ages of 24 and 50.   We all were given white martial arts uniforms and white belts to go with them.  Sifu Dr. Kim,  Read more

January 23, 2015 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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