Day 18 – Lenten Retreat with Thomas Keating


“Thy word is a light unto my path


Many find it helpful to keep “minute books.” They write down a few sentences from scripture that they like or find helpful. While waiting for the phone or bus, instead of doing nothing or looking around to no purpose, they take their “minute books” from their purses or pockets and read a few lines. It is astonishing how quickly our best resolutions are forgotten. We need to propagandize ourselves throughout the day — to give ourselves short commercials, so to speak — to remind ourselves of what we really want to do.

— Thomas Keating in Invitation to Love

One of my favorite passages of scripture that lifts me up during times of trial is:  “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:13).  Another verse I long to hear and it will help me get on the right path is “Well done good and faithful servant.” (Mt 25:21). It is amazing how reading or reciting these few words will turn a rather ugly day into one of hope and encouragement.

Love in Christ,

Bishop +Ed


The writings of Fr. Thomas Keating are taken from Spirituality and Practice. The reflections are my own.

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M.Rev. Ed Jansen is the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Benedict and Rev. Dr. Trish Gaffney is its Vicar General


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