Days In The Desert, Quotes

There Is A Balm In Gilead …

Blessed are you in whom the light lives, in whom the brightness blazes— your heart a chapel, an altar where in the deepest night can be seen the fire that shines forth in you in unaccountable faith, in stubborn hope, in love that illumines every broken thing it finds.Jan Richardson from Circle of Grace: A… Continue reading There Is A Balm In Gilead …

Prayers, Quotes

You Will Not Have My Hate …

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.  — James A. Baldwin Anger is a catalyst. Holding on to it will make us exhausted and sick. Internalizing anger will take away our joy and… Continue reading You Will Not Have My Hate …

Quotes

A Companion That Walks Beside Us …

Empathy is connection … Empathy is connecting with the emotion that someone is experiencing, not the event or the circumstance. … … Empathy is a strange and powerful thing. There is no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting and communicating… Continue reading A Companion That Walks Beside Us …

Quotes

Empathy …

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But… Continue reading Empathy …

Interreligious, Quotes

The Issue Of Fairness …

As long as we see what has come to pass as being unfair, we'll be a prisoner of what might have been. This is a very painful issue to discuss for most of us, because so much of how we see the world hinges on a sense of fairness and justice, those truly noble human… Continue reading The Issue Of Fairness …

Quotes

Joy Comes To Us In Ordinary Moments …

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you, before you depart.Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not be always so.One day I… Continue reading Joy Comes To Us In Ordinary Moments …

Poems, Quotes

No One Ever Told Me That Grief Felt So Like Fear …

Grieving is a journey that teaches us how to love in a new way now that our loved one is no longer with us. Consciously remembering those who have died is the key that opens the hearts, that allows us to love them in new ways.— Tom Attig from The Heart of Grief   Heavy… Continue reading No One Ever Told Me That Grief Felt So Like Fear …

Prayers

Blessing for Paris …

May you be blessed in the holy names of those Who, without you knowing it, Help to carry and lighten your pain. May memory bless and protect you With the hard-earned light of past travail; To remind you that you have survived before And though the darkness now is deep, You will soon see approaching… Continue reading Blessing for Paris …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Patient Trust (Prayers For The Unemployed And Those In Transition) …

Don’t you see how everything that happens is again and again a beginning, and couldn’t it be His beginning, since, in itself, starting is always so beautiful? ... these very days of your transition are perhaps the time when everything in you is working at Him, as you once worked at Him in your childhood,… Continue reading Patient Trust (Prayers For The Unemployed And Those In Transition) …