Sacred Companions Sacred Community brings to light the long hidden teachings of Clare of Assisi, the companion, and oft-times, teacher of Francis of Assisi. Clare teaches us how to live in peace with our companions on this earth; through intimacy, friendship, and in community.
Following Clare we enter into a practical and sacred journey of healing and holy companionship, addressing the longing inside each of us as we traverse this earth in search of love.
This book is a great companion itself. It is timely, as we all seek the wisdom in bringing ourselves together as a greater community on this earth, learning how to live and love together in the name of the sacred.
Meditations throughout the book will allow you to enter your own journey of contemplation and companionship, as a single person, in relationship, or as a community.
“A book like this can-and will-move you beyond any ‘birdbath Franciscanism’ into a spirituality that is for women and men, for celibates and partnered, for extroverts and introverts, for people with souls and bodies, and even people both Christian and non Christian.”
-Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
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Before The Beginning
When she began to feel the first stirrings of holy love, she judged that the
passing scene of worldly pride should be condemned, being taught by the
unction of the Spirit to place a worthless price upon worthless things.
—The Lady, 282
As we enter into a maturity of being, our awareness of how we wish to
live becomes more acute. We have learnt from past experience things
we do not wish to repeat and situations we choose not to entertain.
There is wisdom in foreseeing an entanglement that is not desirable
for the soul’s growth, and even greater wisdom in following this
understanding. Clare, at a young age, had a “holy knowing” of how
she wished to live her life and a definite resolve about what she did
not want to do.
She reminds us in the Second Letter to Agnes (Early Docs, 40), to“always remember your resolution and be conscious of your beginning.” How often do we decide on a new way of behavior and then, while the resolve is still fresh upon our lips, find ourselves once more living that same old pattern? Remember your resolution and walk away. Be conscious of your beginning; that is, return to your purity of thought, word, and action. Return to the very sacredness of your being. How easily we fall into our lower nature, and yet this nature is a mere shadow of our spiritual potential, and it provides only temporary satisfaction. Read more (PDF)
Do not wonder at all or think that the fire
of love for you glows with less delight … No,
this is the difficulty: the lack of messengers
and the obvious dangers of the road.
—The Lady, 54
“Speech is of time; silence is of eternity.” These are the words of an
anonymous contemporary Poor Clare sister. She also writes, “Silence
is the ever-available but seldom-possessed treasure of those who are
wise enough and humble enough to receive it” (Interior Prayer,
Archival Material, Little Portion Friary, Long Island, NY). Through
this wisdom and humility, we are taken into the eternal silence, into
the infinite spaciousness, where no form or image exists. This is the
place of deep rest. Only as we return to time and place, must shapes
and colors and words appear, to reflect, ever so dimly, our experience.
In the letter quoted at the opening of this chapter, Clare reassures Agnes that the infrequency of her correspondence does not indicate a lack of love. She points to the common hindrance in those times of unreliable modes of delivery. I, however, invite an internal, metaphorical reading of the second sentence of this passage: that is, we may be encountering an internal danger of wandering from the Spirit, and the soul may need to be taken into its core of self-knowledge and healing. Alternatively, we may be entering the eternal depths of space.... Read more (PDF)
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Meditations with Teresa of Avila: A Journey into the Sacred (previously published as Falling Into the Arms of God) makes the life and work of Saint Teresa of Avila accessible to a contemporary audience. Simply written, it allows deep spiritual truths to be accessed and incorporated into daily living, with particular emphasis on integrating contemplative and active practices.
It begins with a brief introduction to Teresa's life, including
biographical information drawn from Megan Don's studies and travels
to the monastery in Spain. The body of the book contains chapters
divided into "seven dwellings," as described in Teresa's
mystical writings. Teresa described the soul as a crystal castle
with many rooms, or dwellings, to be entered as one seeks the
inner mansion, the dwelling place of the Beloved. Each passage is accompanied
by an explanation of the lessons it may hold for today's reader,
and a guided meditation. See excerpts below.
REALITY-- Book Excerpt 1
children of the earth! How long will you
be hard of heart?” (CW vol.I, 445)
These words were spoken to Teresa by the Beloved when she was questioning the
authenticity of her mystical experiences. In probing the nature of reality,
we tend to gravitate towards the theory that the common experience should
dictate our own: “After all, this is what the majority of people
are living and experiencing, therefore it must be true.” But what
of the rare mystical experience? The validity of such an encounter needs
to be recognized for what it is: a divine gift of love, which expands
the human soul, enabling it to comprehend a greater reality. Read
-- Book Excerpt 2
“… those whom the Beloved brings to a certain
love very differently… this clear knowledge is about the
nature of the world, that there is another world… that the
one is eternal and the other a dream…” (CW vol.II,
Our world is besotted with love. No matter where we turn – to
popular or religious culture, or to psychological or new age theories
– love is the key factor. We are all searching and yearning for
love, whether to replace a love lost or to find a love never before
felt. Most people have a place deep within that is aching to be loved.
Some acknowledge this, some bury it in their work or addictions, while
others are disappointed with the love they are experiencing. Love entices
us all, and yet it seems to elude us just as quickly. What is this thing
called love? Where is the true love that many of us instinctively know
exists? For most, it has been relegated to an unrealistic dream world,
as practicality and dependency have overshadowed the realm of magic
and aliveness felt when we first glimpse another’s soul. Could
it be that we have confused dream and reality and have settled for an
illusory state of love? According to Teresa, this is so, and she reached
out to remind us of the clarity of being that is necessary to understand
the true and perfect love. Read More (PDF)