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A tidbit from Evelyn Underhill

“The practical life of a vast number of people is not, as a matter of fact, worthwhile at all. It is like an impressive fur coat with no one inside it. One sees many of these coats occupying positions of great responsibility.”

~ Evelyn Underhill,
” The spiritual life”

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For the Digger

The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap

Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge

Through living roots awaken in my head.

But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.

 

Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests.

I’ll dig with it.

~ from Digging, by Seamus Heaney, published 1966

 

I woke this morning to news that his life had ended.

Why do I weep tonight for a man I never met?

Is it because I read his words of poem and

Prose and find their hearty truth gentling and

Wrestling deep in me? Is it because his humanity

Looms larger than the conflicts he lived through, or

Because his mind and heart from a distance appear

Conjoined such that he looks real even from here, or

Because from the time he picked up the pen to dig

He excavated not a hole, much less an abyss,

But rather an open place, a window to what is above,

And to truth seen hovering just above meaning?

Whatever it be, it is, and I give thanks for the words

He leaves behind, while mourning to see his back moving

Away. I want to call “thank you Seamus” for working a

Lifetime but respect for the man bids me silent

Save for this fainthearted trowel.

(J McGinty 8.30.13)

Digging, by Seamus Heaney.

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Contemplation, as described by Rowan Williams

“Contemplation is very far from being just one kind of thing that Christians do: it is the key to prayer, liturgy, art and ethics, the key to the essence of a renewed humanity that is capable of seeing the world…with freedom, freedom from self-oriented, acquisitive habits and the distorted understanding that comes from them. To put it boldly, contemplation is the only ultimate answer to the unreal and insane world that our financial systems and our advertising culture and our chaotic and unexamined emotions encourage us to inhabit. To learn contemplative practice is to learn what we need so as to live truthfully and honestly and lovingly. It is a deeply revolutionary matter.”

~ Rowan Williams