Friday, July 17, 2009

Get Rhythm....

In his book Deep Rhythm and the Riddle of Eternal Life, Fr. John Dunne, CSC speaks of his "own quest of eternal life". He recounts the days when he was in his early 30s and was haunted by his own passing youth. He asked, "If I must die someday, what can I do to satisfy my desire to live?" He answered, "It was only in 'the words of eternal life' in the Gospel that I found the hope of eternal life I was looking for. All other answers seemed to fail. 'Lord, to whom shall we go?' Peter says to Jesus in the Gospel of John. "You have the words of eternal life'." pg 3.

Typical of Fr. Dunne's writings, he engages with a eclectic list of great figures including: Dante, Augustine, Kant, Freud, Otto, Ghandi, St. Paul, Aquinas, etc.

Here are a few memorable lines:

"In plainsong there is no pulse, no beat, but there is the rhythm of the words. So too in a journey with God in time there is no counting of time but instead a living in the presence in the present" pg 108.

"We all have a continual conversation with ourselves, a conversation about our hopes and fears. Prayer, as I understand it, means letting that conversation with ourselves become a conversation with God, and this means turning our hopes and fears over to God, entrusting them to God" pg 18.

"Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness" pg 59.

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