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Mary Oliver

Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

Though I play at the edges of knowing, truly I know our part is not knowing, but looking, and touching, and loving.

I don’t ask for the sights in front of me to change, only the depth of my seeing.

Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride, married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination.

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.

I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings.

The dream of my life is to lie down by a slow river and stare at the light in the trees – to learn something by being nothing.

Mary Oliver with Coleman Barks – 6:30
Chris Thile Reads “The Journey” – 2:14
Why I Wake Early – 0:51
Listening to the World: On Being – 51:31
Thirst
A Thousand Mornings: On Being – 6:45
Helena Bonham Carter reads “Wild Geese” – 2:57
What I Have Learned So Far – Marquette students – 2:40
Devotions
Owls
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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed.

Reach beyond your grasp. Your goals should be grand enough to get the best of you.

Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.

Above all trust in the slow work of God. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

Remain true to yourself but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.

The age of nations has passed. Now, unless we wish to perish, we must shake off our old prejudices and build the Earth. The more scientifically I regard the world, the less can I see any possible biological future for it except in the active consciousness of its unity.

Teilhard de Chardin’s Cosmic Christology and Christian Cosmology – 1:25
The Spirit of Truth vs The Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin – 20:00
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Dr. Charles Ashanin – 6:07
Teilhard de Chardin – His Life and Work – 18:02
Writings
The Phenomenon of Man
Teilhard De Chardin – 8:10
Ilia Delio: Teillard’s Evolution and the Body of Christ – 48:04
Ilia Delio–Evolution, a Christian Perspective – 8:26
Slow Work of God – Teilhard de Chardin – 1:34
The Divine Milieu
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J. R. R. Tolkien

The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus means that one day everything sad will come untrue.

Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.

The chief purpose of life, for any of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks.

The Lord of the Rings -11:41
On Lord of the Rings – 7:06
The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
1962 BBC Interview – 6:26
The Philosophy of Tolkien – 32:32
Boxed Set
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Denise Levertov

You have come to the shore. There are no instructions.

Grief is a hole you walk around in the daytime and at night you fall into it.

What I heard was my whole self saying and singing what it knew: I can.

Days pass when I forget the mystery. Problems insoluble and problems offering their own ignored solutions jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing their colored clothes; caps and bells. And then once more the quiet mystery is present to me, the throng’s clamor recedes: the mystery that there is anything, anything at all, let alone cosmos, joy, memory, everything, rather than void: and that, 0 Lord, Creator, Hallowed one, You still, hour by hour sustain it.

Denise Levertov: six poems
Denise reads her poetry
The Great Unknowing
Of being
Selected Poems
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Flannery O’Connor

You will have found Christ when you are concerned with other people’s sufferings and not your own.

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

I don’t deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd.

All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.

Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.

If you don’t hunt it down and kill it, it will hunt you down and kill you.

She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.

Your beliefs will be the light by which you see, but they will not be what you see and they will not be a substitute for seeing.

Why read Flannery O’Connor – 4:11
Documentary – 20:08
Eucharist – Bishop Barron – 5:49
Collected Works
Revelation – Bishop Barron – 7:19
Suffering – Jessica Hooten – 19:55
Temple of the Holy Ghost – 30:01
Complete Stories
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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

“Sanctity has to do with gratitude. To be a saint is to be fueled by gratitude, nothing more and nothing less.”

“Every choice is a thousand renunciations. To choose one thing is to turn one’s back on many others.”

“Faith is not a question of basking in the certainty that there is a God and that God is taking care of us. Many of us are never granted this kind of assurance. Certitude is not the real substance of faith. Faith is a way of seeing things.”

“We prepare to die by pushing ourselves to love less narrowly. In that sense, readying ourselves for death is really an ever-widening entry into life.”

“The incarnation began with Jesus and it has never stopped . . . God takes on flesh so that every home becomes a church, every child becomes the Christ-child, and all food and drink become a sacrament. God’s many faces are now everywhere, in flesh, tempered and turned down, so that our human eyes can see him.”

On the Mystically Driven Life – 19:02
Walking in Light and Darkness – 1:00:19
Prayer: Lifting Mind and Heart to God – 9:32
How to Truly Love Yourself – 57:59
Creating Sabbath Space – 8:42
The Passion of Christ – 8:26
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality
Henri Nouwen: A Saint for the Complex – 1:01:01
Why is God Hidden – 9:04
Compassion is Leaving Judgement to God – 9:32
Adam and Eve – 16:53
The Cross of Christ – 4:53
The Incarnation: Keeping God in the Flesh – 5:19
Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity

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Hans Kung

Catholicism heading back to Middle Ages – 7:55
Can Catholics Read Hans Kung? – 16:54
Celebrating the life of Hans Kung – 1:34:15