~ Surrounded By the paradox ~ Of life I devoted myself ~ To seeking Truth ~ My soul In the centre ~ Of contradiction Gradually ~ Transcending The conflict of opposition ~ I discovered God’s presence ~ New meaning Through relationship ~ With every Breath. ~
Wrestle With Angels
. There are the unseen Battles within Whose immeasurable Participants . Wrestle With angels. . Delacroix - Jacob's Fight with the Angel
Inspiring Paintings: Leaving and Finding a Father
~ One father curses another blesses ~ While onlookers stare and the bishop turns away ~ And finally What is this all about? ~ Even heaven And earth. ~ In this dramatic painting by Giotto, Francis has taken off all his clothes and is appealing to God. His earthly father (on the left), who demanded … Continue reading Inspiring Paintings: Leaving and Finding a Father
The Subtleties of the Spiritual Life
If you look carefully in the background of the painting, you will see men in colourful clothes with coloured hats. The might represent the religious establishment who were in conflict first about the mission of both John the Baptist and then about Jesus. This poem focuses on them... . There will always be Our opponents … Continue reading The Subtleties of the Spiritual Life
Spiritual Reflection: to Nurture, Enjoy and Grow
To Nurture To nurture means to love for the long-term benefit of someone else. Nurturing another can involve conflict sometimes – for example if someone has a short-sighted view of what is good for them, we may need to offer a different perspective if we can see that their current choices are actually damaging. Likewise, … Continue reading Spiritual Reflection: to Nurture, Enjoy and Grow
Spiritual Reflection: Live a New Life – The Great Trial of Spirituality
To live a spiritual life is to live a new life. We are not born naturally into this new life. It must be learned gradually. For me, it is a kind of experiment, and a kind of trial (even after over twenty five years since I started consciously trying to live spiritually). And that word … Continue reading Spiritual Reflection: Live a New Life – The Great Trial of Spirituality
The Spiritualities of Christianity – Spiritual Conflict
Bosch, 'The Temptation of St. Anthony" Spirituality can be about silence, inner peace and universal love. But it can also be about conflict: temptations, trials, doubts, pain and death. Bosch’s painting “The Temptations of St. Anthony” (above)explores this well. St. Anthony is actually alone in the desert, praying. But he is not alone. His world … Continue reading The Spiritualities of Christianity – Spiritual Conflict
Powers of the Mind
The conflict is within - Not with enemies visible But with the incredible Powers of the mind - And what progress Does the spirit ever make Invisibly to peace?
First, Then, and Now
First the paradise Where all could contemplate God's inmost light - Then the loss And the hiding from God's sight - Now the search, The striving, and the inward fight.
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