Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 06: An Open and Growing Heart …

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from. There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place… Continue reading Advent Day 06: An Open and Growing Heart …

Interreligious, Quotes

The Wisdom Of Beauty …

I did not have to ask my heart what it wanted, because of all the desires I have ever known just one did I cling to for it was the essence of all desire: to hold beauty in my soul's arms. — St. John of the Cross from Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices… Continue reading The Wisdom Of Beauty …

Prayers, Quotes

The Earth Is Burning (Prayers For The Amazon) …

For us to regard the bomb, the dying seas, or the poisoned air as monstrous injustices would suggest that we never took seriously the injunction to love. Perhaps we thought all along that Gautama and Jesus were kidding, or their teachings meant only for saints. But now we see, as an awful revelation, that we… Continue reading The Earth Is Burning (Prayers For The Amazon) …

Media, Quotes

Uncommon Generosity, Uncommon Courage …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP1bZSsbWAM   Full Interview There are two ways to be holy. There are people who labor all day in the worst of conditions, for instance, for the neediest people in the world. Other people love them for it. Call them saints; call them courageous; call them the “salt of the earth.” Indeed they are. Then… Continue reading Uncommon Generosity, Uncommon Courage …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: The Darkness (Winter Solstice) …

Begin here. Say that you have chosen it. Say that it was your own hand that turned out the light, your own mouth that blew out the candle, your own eyes that closed themselves against the brightness. Say it was your doing. Say you needed the shadows, the darkness, that your eyes had begun to… Continue reading Advent Meditation: The Darkness (Winter Solstice) …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 35: Humility And Contemplation …

Abba Xanthias said, “A dog is better than I am because a dog also has love but, unlike I myself, the dog does not pass judgment.” Abba Sarmatas said: “I prefer a person who has sinned if he knows that he sinned and has repented, over a person who has not sinned and considers himself… Continue reading Desert Day 35: Humility And Contemplation …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 30: Calling Ourselves Peacemakers …

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. — Matthew 5:9 In times of great personal and social upheaval, real peacemakers, genuine bridge builders do four things: First, they must tap into their own deepest spiritual self and recommit to the higher values that shines in them there. Second, they must speak… Continue reading Desert Day 30: Calling Ourselves Peacemakers …

Prayers, Seasons

Prayer for a Year of Blessings …

Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed. ― Mary Oliver from "It Was Early" in Evidence May this [year] be a [year] of blessings: blessings of goodness, blessings of joy, peace and kindness, friendship and love, creativity, strength, serenity, fulfilling work and dignity, satisfaction, success, and sustenance, physical health and… Continue reading Prayer for a Year of Blessings …

Days of Advent, Interreligious, Seasons

Advent Day 17: Peace Be With You …

Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty. — Oscar Romero from… Continue reading Advent Day 17: Peace Be With You …