My spirituality has been and is explored both outside and within Catholic spirituality.
It has been part of my return to being a Catholic to come across inspiring Catholics who speak of God's love and spirituality in a way that I relate to.
I resist labels but, given that they are needed, you could say I am an interfaith Catholic Christian (as well as a student of ACIM).
There was a wonderful series of 3 programs on BBC2 (a UK television station) called "The Big Silence", available on Youtube.
(Update: Apologies, it is no longer available on youtube but you can buy the DVD on Amazon.)
I guess you could call The Big Silence a series of Christian TV programs, but they actually feature non-Christian people. They would be of interest to:
Father Christopher Jameson helps 5 people who want to find deeper meaning in their life prepare for and learn from 8 days of silent retreat.
All 5 are climbing the walls in first few days.
If they hadn’t made the commitment, they would have given up or left.
All pass through and have an experience of profound Love which they call by different names.
One worries about being thought barmy as he experiences Jesus going for a walk with him, and saying:
One hears a loving feminine voice.
Many pass through feelings of grief over the death of loved ones, or guilt about things they have done.
I highly recommend the TV program. It is very moving to see the men's courage in facing the silence. It is inspirational to hear their attempts to make sense of the experiences they have.
It has allowed me to value even more deeply the silence in my own life.
Fr Christopher truly demonstrates inspiring Catholic spirituality. He has written books which have been an inspiration to
This morning I heard the above spirituality quote by Anthony de Mello. On looking in the search engine, I was delighted to find out that he was a jesuit priest who drew on knowledge from many religions - especially Buddhism.
His work is not seen as representing Catholic doctrine, but is enjoyed by many Catholics, along with those of other faiths and none.
(I hope the same can be said of my books.)
He looks a jolly fellow indeed!
God bless you today.
With my love,
Katherine T Owen, webmaster,
Author of Be Loved, Beloved (Kindle)
One of the joys of running this spiritual website is that I can link to other useful resources that provide spiritual sustenance, in the hope that they will also be of spiritual sustenance to you.
Recently I had the joy of going to a catholic church for mass whilst I was on holiday in Wales. The bulletin included advice from Prego on how to interpret the Sunday readings and use them prayerfully to press into God. By the way the Sunday readings are the same in both the Catholic and Anglican church, although they may be a week out of sync.
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Forgiveness of self and other has been and is so important to me. Here is a little of my story... Prayer, Exercises, Quotes
Prayer for forgiveness of self. Includes self forgiveness prayers. How do you let go of unhelpful guilt? Receive God’s healing love.