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Reflections on the Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

November 15, 2017

Silvrback blog imageI watched both John Wick movies last weekend, and my imagination is still wandering around its fictional world. If you didn’t see them, in John Wick and John Wick 2, Keanu Reeves plays a retired hit man who is brought back into the assassination world because the crude son of one of his former associates steals his car and kills his dog. The . . .

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The Desire for Possessions

Reflections on the Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

November 09, 2017

Silvrback blog image In my last house, I used to have a daydream. The daydream was while I was taking the cat to the veterinarian the house burned down, taking all my possessions up in the smoke. The cat and I were fine, but everything else was gone. The problem was it was a happy daydream. I’d think, “Wouldn’t it be great if all my stuff went up in smoke and I . . .

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The Peace of the Night

Reflections on the Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

November 01, 2017

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Sometimes before I go to sleep I step out on our back porch and look up at the stars. Stars are distant neighbors to us, and the light we see takes years to get to us. The closest star, Alpha Centauri A, is about 4 light years away, and most stars are 1000 light years away, some even several thousand more. The light we see when we look up . . .

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I Have Not Yet Made a Beginning

Reflections on the Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

October 10, 2017

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We live with the revolving internet outrage of the week. You know what I mean: a celebrity says something or does something, and everyone has an outraged opinion about it. We take sides; we have the story or video clip supporting our outrage. The President tweets something foolish, and we all line up in outrage or support, and we shout past . . .

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Go to Your Cell

Reflections on the Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

September 21, 2017

Silvrback blog image Many years ago I was either brave enough or foolish enough to try solo backpacking, hiking and camping in the woods alone. On one hike I didn’t bring anything to read, and this was before the age of cellphones, so I was alone by the campfire at night. I remember reading the manual in my first-aid kit, but after I’d thoroughly gone through it . . .

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Sorry for the Delay

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

April 17, 2017

Silvrback blog image Sorry for the little sabbatical from posting here. I’m always humbled when people say they read my writing and miss it when it’s gone. A couple of things happened. First, Brother Lawrence’s reflections stopped inspiring me. Many refer to The Practice of the Presence of God as one of the great spiritual classics, and I believe that’s true. I . . .

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Never-Ending Prayer

Reflections on the Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

January 05, 2017

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My morning prayer is one of the best parts of the day. The house is quiet.I set my cell phone to the side. The television, radio, and music are all off. I read the bible and pray, and I do my best to focus on God. I look forward to this time. I enjoy it. I miss it if I can’t do it.

If that time is all it is, though, that’s not enough. I . . .

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