by Katherine Murray

Grace’s House Bethany Spring Merton Institute July 2009

The most exciting form of growth is not mere physical growth but the inner growth of one’s soul and life. It is here that the holy longing within the heart brings one’s life into motion.

The beautiful is the experiential proof that the incarnation is possible.

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.

Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
THE LITTLE PRINCE Antoine de Saint Exupéry

To look at a thing so long that you are part of it and it is part of you…If you can effect this, then you are by way of getting somewhere…

I arise today Through the strength of heaven, Light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea, Stability of earth, Firmness of rock.

The soul needs love as urgently as the body needs air. In the warmth of love, the soul can be itself.

Love took me by the hand, and smiling did reply, Who made the eyes but I?

What trees try to say in their slow silence, their vague murmuring, the sense they have, there where they are, the reverence, the resonance, the transparency and the bright and shadowy accents of an airy phrase. And the shade and the leaves are the innocence of an idea that between water and space turned itself to lithe integrity.

I have a sense that this underlying heavenliness is the real nature of things. Not their nature, but the deeper truth that they are a gift of love and of freedom, and that this is their true reality.

Everything then grew still as the sunset faded And the veil of dusk began to cover the earth. I remember now the feeling of awe which came over me.

All presence depends on consciousness. Where there is a depth of awareness, there is a reverence for presence.

Every true artist has had real, direct, and immediate contact with the beauty of the world, contact that is of the nature of a sacrament.

I have no program for this seeing. It is only given. But the gate to heaven is everywhere.

You begin to realize that there is nonaggression happening all around you in your life, and you are able to feel the freshness of realizing your goodness, again and again.

‘Do I dare?’ and ‘Do I dare?’ Do I dare Disturb the universe?

I was not looking now at an unusual flower arrangement. I was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his creation—the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence.

In certain moments of tranquility and happiness in the infinitely diverse experience of human love, the mind seems not to be doing anything at all.

The thing about all this is that there is no puzzle, no problem, and really no ‘mystery.’ All problems are resolved and everything is clear, simply because what

…from what we cannot hold the stars are made
W. S. MERWIN Youth

Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular; so long as you have your life.

I created this simple meditation during a weekend retreat at Grace’s House, a solar home on 40 acres next to the Abbey of Gethsemani in New Haven, KY. Grace’s House is part of the Merton Institute’s Bethany Spring retreat properties. I love it there. See for more info. Peace. Katherine Murray, Practical ~ f a i t h ~ , 2009