Author: thoughtfullydetached

The Valley of the Shadow of Life. A Poem.

I walk through the valley Of the shadow of life. In deep darkness I walk, Dazzled by purest light. Unseeable is He whom I seek, hidden by brilliance, Known to be unknowable. Path darkened by my blindness. Your distaff comforts me. She is not sightless here, Spotless untouched mirror She guides me toward You. Beads … Continue reading The Valley of the Shadow of Life. A Poem.


A Mystic Manifesto

When the perfect has come, that which is in part shall pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:10) Take every thought captive, to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5) The word ‘mystic’ has acquired multiple shades of meaning, in this instance I use it … Continue reading A Mystic Manifesto

Mine Eyes Have Seen…

Towards the end of Robert Hugh Benson's novel Lord of the World the central character Father Franklin, by now Pope Sylvester III, makes the surprising statement- "I have had a Vision of God," He said softly. "I walk no more by faith, but by sight." At one level this simply fits in with the climactic scene … Continue reading Mine Eyes Have Seen…

The Sorrows of Mary as Archetypes

  It is certainly true that Our Lady's sorrows constituted historical episodes in the life of Jesus as experienced in the heart of Mary. As such they form part of salvation history as well as of general history. More than that though, I would argue, we can see these sorrows as archetypal. That is, the … Continue reading The Sorrows of Mary as Archetypes

The Rosary of the 7 Sorrows as a Contemplative Prayer.

The Technique. + In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Our Father Hail Mary I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the … Continue reading The Rosary of the 7 Sorrows as a Contemplative Prayer.

Commentary on Psalm 106: Concluded

Storms   23 Some there were that ventured abroad in ships, trafficking over the high seas; 24 these are men that have witnessed the Lord’s doings, his wonderful doings amid the deep. 25 At his word the stormy wind rose, churning up its waves; 26 high up towards heaven they were carried, then sank into … Continue reading Commentary on Psalm 106: Concluded

Commentary on Psalm 106: Part 2

Prison   10 Some lay where darkness overshadowed them, helpless in bonds of iron; 11 their punishment for rebelling against God’s decrees, for thwarting the will of the most High. 12 Their hearts bowed down with sorrow, none else to aid their faltering steps, 13 they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and … Continue reading Commentary on Psalm 106: Part 2