Media, Poems, Quotes

The Hill We Climb …

When day comes we ask ourselves,Where can we find light in this never-ending shade?The loss we carry,a sea we must wadeWe braved the belly of the beastWe’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peaceAnd the norms and notionsof what just isIsn’t always just-ice.And yet the dawn is oursbefore we knew itSomehow we do itSomehow we weathered… Continue reading The Hill We Climb …

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, 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 …

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 …

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 …

Media, Prayers, Quotes

We Can Only Be Human Together (A Prayer for World Peace) …

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. — Mahatma Gandhi   Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.… Continue reading We Can Only Be Human Together (A Prayer for World Peace) …

Interreligious, Quotes

This Very Moment Is the Perfect Teacher …

When we are stuck in our convictions and personas, we enter into the disease of having good ideas and being right… We think we have a lock on truth, with our burnished surfaces and articulation, but the bigger we pump ourselves up, the easier we are to prick with a pin. And the bigger we… Continue reading This Very Moment Is the Perfect Teacher …

Quotes

Maybe The Desire To Make Something Beautiful Is The Piece Of God That Is Inside Each Of Us …

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well ... — Saint Julian of Norwich from Revelations of Divine Love   Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually. Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us. Now… Continue reading Maybe The Desire To Make Something Beautiful Is The Piece Of God That Is Inside Each Of Us …

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 …