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Writing as Meditation – A Reflection

May 20, 2020

When I began blogging in 2014 it was more of an outlet for sharing words and pictures which meant something to me. Six years and 4,304 posts later I have been both thankful and overwhelmed by the response to these simple words and photos from this Padre.

It has become far more than an outlet for me. Reflections, Prayers, Meditations, and Sermon preparation are all a part of this world of words for me. I have also met some amazing people through the blogging world and I treasure their friendship!

Over the course of time this has become a spiritual disciple for me. Combining Visio Divina and Lectio Divina I have found an incredible practice for myself and for those who read and respond to my writing.

When I began to blog, I hadn’t had the chance to really get to know my spiritual mentor Thomas Merton. As I began to get to know him through coursework and reading his journals and books I found a kindred spirit. It is no surprise then to realize that his love of photography and writing would speak to my soul.

In his book, New Seeds of Contemplation, he wrote the following about the spiritual life: Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art. Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country. Know how to meditate not only when you have a book in your hand but when you are waiting for a bus or riding in a train. Above all, enter into the Church’s liturgy and make the liturgical cycle part of your life—let its rhythm work its way into your body and soul. (p. 216)

The opportunity to explore this way of meditation and prayer along with the opportunity to share with others has been a blessing to me. I pray dear reader that it has been as much of a blessing for you. For it is in these moments that we truly do feel Spirit’s presence and guidance in our lives.

2 Comments
  1. It’s definitely been a blessing and a joy to regularly read your words Michael, and to have become firm online friends in the process! Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given me and many others over the years. I’m delighted by the way your writing has evolved alongside your spiritual journey. And I look forward to where it might take you in future days as you become immersed in your doctorate and in the wise words of Thomas Merton as well. Blessings and prayers. 🙂 ❤

    • Thank you for your continued kindness and support, Joy❣️ Yes, across the miles and years, our bond is indeed beautiful.

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