Days In The Desert, Quotes, Seasons

In Humility Is The Greatest Freedom …

We experience humility not because we have fought and lost but because humility is the only lens through which great things can be seen ― and once we have seen them, humility is the only posture possible. ― Parker Palmer from The Courage To Teach   In Humility Is The Greatest Freedom In humility is… Continue reading In Humility Is The Greatest Freedom …

Days In The Desert, Prayers, Seasons

The Lenten Blessing — A Franciscan Benediction …

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. May God bless you with tears to shed for… Continue reading The Lenten Blessing — A Franciscan Benediction …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 01: Something Unknowable, About To Be Revealed …

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness ... — Luke 4: 1-2 Despite its clarity and simplicity, however, the desert wears at the same time, paradoxically, a veil of mystery. Motionless and silent it evokes in us an elusive… Continue reading Desert Day 01: Something Unknowable, About To Be Revealed …

Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

A Different Kind of Fast …

The kind of fast drawing me this season isn’t leaving behind of treats like chocolate or other pleasures. This season I am being invited to fast from things like “ego-grasping” and noticing when I so desperately want to be in control, and then yielding myself to a greater wisdom than my own. I am called to… Continue reading A Different Kind of Fast …

Quotes, Seasons

Without Truth, People Cannot Heal (Lenten Meditation) …

It’s difficult to make a good decision when you don’t have all the information. It’s also difficult to move forward while trying to deny part of your reality. Jesus came from a tradition that was brutally honest; just read a bit from any of Israel’s prophets to see how forcefully they spoke the truth. Jesus… Continue reading Without Truth, People Cannot Heal (Lenten Meditation) …

Poems, Quotes, Seasons

The Winter of Listening (Lenten Meditation) …

The simplicity of winter has a deep moral. The return of Nature, after such a career of splendor and prodigality, to habits so simple and austere, is not lost either upon the head or the heart. It is the philosopher coming back from the banquet and the wine to a cup of water and a… Continue reading The Winter of Listening (Lenten Meditation) …

Poems, Quotes

When Its Over …

When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it is over, I don't want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don't want to find myself sighing and… Continue reading When Its Over …