Wayne E. Simsic

leads seminars and retreats on the mystics and teaches spirituality at Ursuline College. He has written numerous books on spirituality, most recently Thomas Merton: An Invitation to the Contemplative Life, and Seeking the Beloved: A Prayer Journey with St. John of the Cross. He and his wife, Diana, live in Willoughby Hills, OH.

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The Thicket of Attachments

While walking in the late summer woods recently, I came across an opening and found blackberries ripening in the afternoon sun. The berries sparkled like small dark orbs, like “thickened wine,” as the poet Seamus Heaney put it in his poem “Blackberry Picking.” After tasting the sweetness of the first one, I eagerly gathered the closest berries and eventually extended my arm further... Keep Reading

Learning to See

Last spring my wife, Diana, and I planted seeds in the basement under fluorescent lights; there were rows of lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, pepper, and eggplant. Each time we descended the stairs we were drawn to the soft glow in the darkness and the spindly, green shoots rising upward. We often commented on the way this tentative but steady growth had captured our... Keep Reading

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