|Some aspects of Christianity|
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice; for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart; for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice's sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...
'The Beatitudes', from Jesus's Sermon on the Mount [Matthew 5]
In this small page, I am trying to build up some pointers to an inner path, with mystic and charismatic elements. I'm sorry I only manage to update the page very occasionally in small steps, but perhaps that is okay since Christian faith seems to be a matter of simplicity. [However I must apologise for the broken or out-of-date links].
There is a large collection of Catholic Resources on the Net available from Carnegie Mellon University.
Meditation, Contemplation and Prayer
Some quieter approaches:
I am also interested in the continuation of the practice of the Desert Fathers by the Russian Startsy. I was impressed by the 'Way of a Pilgrim', which descibes a spiritual journey based on the mantra of the 'Jesus Prayer'. I ought to find a suitable link...
Instruments of Devotion
One day I was due to go on my second little one day pilgrimage to Walsingham, but I missed a lift. Instead, as I had risen early, I wandered off to explore the 'Silver Jubilee' walk in London. Along the way, I popped into several churches, including one in which there was a leaflet explaining about scapulars, especially the brown scapular. It was a brown scapular that I had received on my previous trip to Walsingham and about which I had been pretty clueless.
On subsequently enquiring about whether I could publish the interesting guide on the net, I was told that there was no apostolate for this, so reluctantly I consent. However, if you ask me for the information, I can email you at least the address of the publishers of the article.
A personal devotion by Michael Lilly. Also a little history about England's national shrine to Our Lady is available here (a bit more for the tourists) .
I undertook a Master's degree at Oxford University in the 'Study of Religion' (completed in October 2009) and submitted the following essays:
Also available: An Index to InterFaith
- Paul Trafford
Last Modified: 1 November 2009 [added links to essays]