Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Peace (Advent Meditation) …

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. —Matthew 5:9   In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.We listen carefully as it gathers strength.We hear a sweetness.The word is Peace.— Maya Angelou from Amazing Peace   Peace is not just about the… Continue reading Peace (Advent Meditation) …

Days of Advent, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: The One Who Waited (Winter Solstice) …

The watchers of the night, the keepers of the Inner Longing enchanted by music of the skies, hurried on midnight feet and found the One who waited. unlike what they had they expected and surprisingly beautiful, all those night watches, and the deep Inner Longing, now they knew now they knew — Joyce Rupp from… Continue reading Advent Meditation: The One Who Waited (Winter Solstice) …

Prayers, Quotes

Blessing Prayer: For One Who Is Exhausted (Evening Prayer) …

Maybe it’s not about having a beautiful day, but about finding beautiful moments. Maybe a whole day is just too much to ask. I could choose to believe that in every day, in all things, no matter how dark and ugly, there are shards of beauty if I look for them. — Anna White from… Continue reading Blessing Prayer: For One Who Is Exhausted (Evening Prayer) …

Days In The Desert, Prayers, Quotes

Desert Day 09: A Way In The Wilderness …

In the early centuries of the church, as Christianity continued to find its form, women and men who sought to follow Christ began to move into the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. Leaving behind the familiar landscapes they had known, they went into the wilderness to divest themselves of all that separated them from… Continue reading Desert Day 09: A Way In The Wilderness …

Poems

Three Gratitudes …

Every night before I go to sleep I say out loud Three things that I'm grateful for, All the significant, insignificant Extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life. It's a small practice and humble, And yet, I find I sleep better Holding what lightens and softens my life Ever so briefly at the end of the… Continue reading Three Gratitudes …

Quotes, Seasons

Praying the Sunset Prayer …

I'll let you in on a secret about how one should pray the sunset prayer. It's a juicy bit of praying, like strolling on grass, nobody's chasing you, nobody hurries you. You walk toward your Creator with gifts in pure, empty hands. The words are golden their meaning is transparent, it's as though you're saying… Continue reading Praying the Sunset Prayer …

Prayers, Quotes

The Examen: Prayer of Hope …

While it’s easy to think about the Examen as being oriented to the past, this prayer helps us to pay attention to where God is in the past, present, and future. The prayer begins with God in the present: God is with me, here and now as I pray. God is in the past, throughout… Continue reading The Examen: Prayer of Hope …

Prayers

Examen Prayer …

Contemplative prayer allows you to fall into the safety net of divine silence, which alone is big enough to contain all the contradictions of life. — Richard Rohr (from Daily Meditations for September 7-13, 2014) The fruit of prayer is a deepening of faith. The fruit of faith is love, and the fruit of love is… Continue reading Examen Prayer …