Mons Nubifer

Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer: Knowing God in the Biblical Sense

When translating any text into another language there are two approaches that one can take. On the one hand, literal translations strive to faithfully and consistently represent, as far as is possible, the source texts. In both Greek and Hebrew, which are the original languages of the Bible, word orderings are often different than they would be in English usage. A truly literal translation of biblical texts, then, would in many ways be incoherent, and certainly strange to our ears....

Bread & Light: Celebrating Christmas

Each of us will likely spend much of our time this Christmas season feasting with family and friends. We will enjoy the decorations and the lights, and the fact that the days will begin to grow longer again. Holiday gatherings of this sort can provide a great deal of nourishment for both body and soul. Christmas gives us the opportunity for communion and to express genuine love for one another....

God's Vision for Us Is Our Vision of God

God’s Vision for Us is Our Vision of God

GOD’S VISION FOR US, OR … A Google search on “the vision of God” yields much. Many of the articles and essays of this yield are about God’s vision for us. For an example, we are offered steps to help us find out what God’s vision is for our life. Others offer motivational words about how vision enables us to achieve great things. Vision of the gold medal enables an Olympic athlete to endure the hardships and monotony of long years of training; vision gives us purpose and direction in life. Hence, if we knew what God’s vision was for us, then we would be empowered to achieve it. Predictably, we’re told that God wants us to achieve great things....

In Eager Longing

Old leaves relinquish high places And flutter to the ground Of their beginnings...

Cain & Abel

Unfastened From the Party Line: Contemplative Prayer and Public Discourse

After a visit to my parents’ house in New Hampshire, Maureen, my wife, and I like to meander along the backroads home to the Catskills. At about our half-way point is a small but thriving bookstore/café where we generally make a stop. While browsing through the crowded shelves I came across a book entitled, I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up. Though one should never judge a proverbial (and, in this case, actual) book by its cover, I could not help but to give this particular cover a nod of consent. The title represents a problem that is deep and dangerous in our time....

Tired of Hearing About God

Imagine someone who spends his whole life talking about a beautiful destination -- let’s say a majestic, untouched mountain range somewhere in the West – but who never actually takes the time to travel there to see it in person. Imagine the romantic, dreamy-eyed look this person gets when his mind drifts to this most beautiful of places that he has read about somewhere. ...