Here it is: Your Moment of Zen.

June 9, 2009


Photo by Flickr user Cuppojoe

My mama (HI MOM!) sent me this insight from St. Theresa, which is in its essence very “Zen.”  This is an excellent example of parallel thought between Christianity and Buddhism, and also an excellent example of how one of the three people reading my blog is my mom.

 “What the soul must do during these seasons of quietness amounts to no more than proceeding gently and noiselessly in prayer.  What I mean by noise is running about with the intellect, looking for many words and meanings so as to give thanks for this gift, and piling up one’s sins and faults in order to see that the gift is unmerited.  Everything is in motion and rush.  The intellect is thinking hard and the memory is hurrying about in the past…Therefore, in such times of quietude, let the soul remain in its repose.  Put aside learning.  The time will come when learning will be useful for the Lord.  Believe me, in the presence of infinite Wisdom, a little study of humility and one act of humility is worth all the knowledge of the world.  For here there is no demand for reasoning, but simply for knowing what we are and that we are humbly in God’s presence.”


3 Responses to “Here it is: Your Moment of Zen.”

  1. mama Says:


    Just so both of the other blog readers know–the mosaic you show is of St. Theresa, the Little Flower. She died when she was 23 years old, yet became a saint because of her simple faith. St. Theresa of Avila, on the other hand, was one tough broad. I think she lived to be about a million years old and ran convents all over Spain with an iron hand. She wrote and taught extensively about an ecstatic faith that always seemed to be a bit complicated to me…

    I was glad to read this bit about quietness. I guess she had that part of life going for herself as well.

    Carry on!

    • Sonja Says:

      Man, I search for “St. Theresa” on Flickr, not knowing that there’s more than one and I get schooled by MY MOM. Glad to know that even with three readers that the fact-checking police are out in full force!

  2. mama Says:

    yr wlcm

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