October 30


There is in each of us a hunger for the holy. We have a contemplative core that is as much a part of who we are as our other needs and desires. We tend to make it complicated but something so deep in us has to be more simple and attainable if only we take time to pay attention. We find this attentiveness in prayer that is not an exercise but an ongoing dimension of life – a prayer that is not something we do but something we are. It is a conscious awareness of our unity with one another and all creation in God. To ignore this contemplative center and to remain the center of our own lives prevents us from moving beyond ourselves. Then we are not satisfied because there is no space in us for God or anyone else.


May I love God with all my being and all neighbors as myself.


Reflect on your inner desires. What deprives you of peace and inner harmony? Try to be more aware of your own place in all of life.

Suggested Reading

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:30-31 

Today if you hear God’s voice harden not your hearts.
Psalm 95 

To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.
Eckhart Tolle

If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength.
Aldous Huxley

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Ashley Smith

For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be.
Thomas Merton

What you seek is seeking you.

We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.
A.W. Tozer

I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world.
Ellen DeGeneres