in the Heart of West Marin
On Tuesdays evenings, St. Columba’s offers sacred space for one-hour contemplative sessions in our Virtual Chapel. Our format is simple: A brief candle-lighting ritual to honor the Divine in our midst, followed by a 30-minute sit in silence. Your guide will offer a word of spiritual wisdom (traditionally called a rhema) before inviting a brief period of contemplative listening among
Solitude...is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.”
~ Thomas Merton
We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? And, what good it is to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of Man is begotten in us.
~ Meister Eckhart
Contemplatives of every age and every religion have always sought the silence of the wilderness. Jesus himself lived for forty days in complete solitude. And we too are called to withdraw into a deep silence from time to time. Not with our books, our thoughts, and our memories, but completely naked in God’s presence – silent, empty, motionless, waiting."
"Look at nature: the trees, flowers, grasses all grow in silence; the stars, the moon, the sun all move in silence.
In the silence of the world, God is listening. And in the silence of the heart, God will speak.
~ St. Teresa of Calcutta
Instead of asking yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~ Howard Thurman