Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 18: Harnessing The Power Of Love …

I have a memory, too, as a twelve-year-old of crying silently but bitterly face-down into a pillow on the living room floor. That day, my bird, my only life companion, had disappeared up an open flue in our apartment wall. There were visiting relatives in the house, in my bedroom, whom I knew were not… Continue reading Advent Day 18: Harnessing The Power Of Love …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 25: Desert Wisdom, What God Has Blessed …

Water, water, water ... There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other… Continue reading Desert Day 25: Desert Wisdom, What God Has Blessed …

Prayers, Quotes

A Prayer For Our Earth …

The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul,… Continue reading A Prayer For Our Earth …

Poems, Quotes

We Need Nature To Show Us The Way Home …

I liked the solitude and the silence of the woods and the hills. I felt there the sense of a presence, something undefined and mysterious, which was reflected in the faces of the flowers and the movements of birds and animals, in the sunlight falling through the leaves and in the sound of running water,… Continue reading We Need Nature To Show Us The Way Home …

Prayers, Seasons

Prayer For Earth Day (April 22) …

God looked at everything He had made, and He found it very good. — Genesis 1:31 We do not exist outside of nature or above nature or independent of nature — we are simply its most vulnerable part. — Joan Chittister Presence of God We pause and remember that the God Who created us and… Continue reading Prayer For Earth Day (April 22) …

Prayers

Lord, Make Me Uncomfortable …

God, bless me with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that You will live deep in my heart. God, bless me with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people and the earth so that I will work for justice, equity, and peace. God, bless me with tears to shed for those… Continue reading Lord, Make Me Uncomfortable …

Prayers, Quotes

Prayer for Nature …

O God, we thank you for this universe, our home; and for its vastness and richness, the exuberance of life which fills it and of which we are part. We praise you for the vault of heaven and for the winds, pregnant with blessings, for the clouds which navigate and for the constellations, there so… Continue reading Prayer for Nature …