Exterior Things

By: Gabriela Yareliz “Exterior things come and go, but why should they disturb me? Why should joy excite me or sorrow cast me down, achievement delight me or failure depress me, life attract or death repel me, if I live only in the Life that is within me by God’s gift?” Thomas Merton, New SeedsContinue reading “Exterior Things”

Thoughts on Peace

Quotes from: New Seeds of Contemplation, by Thomas Merton ”If men really wanted peace they would sincerely ask God for it and He would give it to them. But why should He give the world a peace which it does not really desire? The peace the world pretends to desire is really no peace atContinue reading “Thoughts on Peace”

Unity Starts in You and Me

[Image from Heidi’s Bridge] By: Gabriela Yareliz People often talk about unity. We talk about power in numbers. We discuss causes for which we should “band together.” Yet, when you see how people live and lead their individual lives, they don’t strive for unity, even on the individual relational level. I don’t mean this inContinue reading “Unity Starts in You and Me”

True Obstacle

Art by Henri Matisse By: Gabriela Yareliz “There is no evil in anything created by God, nor can anything of His become an obstacle to our union with Him. The obstacle is in our ‘self’, that is to say in the tenacious need to maintain our separate, external egotistical will.” (21) New Seeds of Contemplation,Continue reading “True Obstacle”

Awakening

[Image from & Other Stories] By: Gabriela Yareliz “It is not we who choose to awaken ourselves, but God Who chooses to awaken us.” New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton, 10 What a privilege that God is constantly pursuing us. He is constantly trying to open our eyes to things, as soon as we areContinue reading “Awakening”

When the Struggle Gets Real: January 29, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz Reading through the Old Testament has been such a treat. I am only in the book of Deuteronomy (still sticking to my 90-day challenge), and truly, it’s amazing how the Bible is a fountain in which one can find new things and learn, no matter how many times you have read certainContinue reading “When the Struggle Gets Real: January 29, 2015”

Today’s Top Picks: Peace, Clarins and Futbol

By: Gabriela Yareliz 1] Thomas Merton said something along these lines: We cannot have peace with one another because we are not at peace with ourselves. We cannot have peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God. 2] Clarins App en francais On a Shallow Note If you thought I was shallowContinue reading “Today’s Top Picks: Peace, Clarins and Futbol”