Quotes

You Are Not Alone …

The longer I wake on this Earth, the louder the quiet things speak to me. The more I experience and survive, the more I find truth in the commonalities we all share. The more pain softens me, the deeper my joy and the greater the lessons of those things that live in great stillness.— Mark… Continue reading You Are Not Alone …

Poems, Quotes

Living Under The Blessing …

The great spiritual call of the Beloved Children of God is to pull their brokenness away from the shadow of the curse and put it under the light of the blessing. This is not as easy as it sounds. The power of the darkness around us is strong, and our world finds it easier to… Continue reading Living Under The Blessing …

Prayers

A Prayer for All Women on Mother’s Day …

I want you to know I’m praying for you if you are like Tamar, struggling with infertility, or a miscarriage. I want you to know that I’m praying for you if you are like Rachel, counting the women among your family and friends who year by year and month by month get pregnant, while you… Continue reading A Prayer for All Women on Mother’s Day …

Days In The Desert, Poems, Quotes

Desert Day 42: Children Of God …

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." — Matthew 19:14 Vulnerability Vulnerability is something we instinctively reject because we are taught from kindergarten on that we must protect ourselves, control our behavior and our lives. But in becoming… Continue reading Desert Day 42: Children Of God …

Days In The Desert, Interreligious, Quotes

Desert Day 21: At Home In The Silence …

Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord. — Zech 2:13 Where shall the Word be found, where will the word resound? Not here. There is not enough silence. — T. S. Elliott from Collected Poems (Ash Wednesday)   To enter the unspeakable requires a quiet courage that points to what is often out of… Continue reading Desert Day 21: At Home In The Silence …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 18: The Opposite of Addiction Is Connection …

To be lonely is to feel unwanted and unloved, and therefore unloveable. Loneliness is a taste of death. No wonder some people who are desperately lonely lose themselves in mental illness or violence to forget the inner pain. ― Jean Vanier from Becoming Human https://youtu.be/PY9DcIMGxMs What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to… Continue reading Desert Day 18: The Opposite of Addiction Is Connection …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 17: Listen Carefully And Attentively To The Questions …

What is going on in your innermost being is worthy of your whole love ... — Rainer Maria Rilke from Letters to a Young Poet By slowly converting our loneliness into a deep solitude, we create that precious space where we can discover the voice telling us about our inner necessity—that is, our vocation. Unless… Continue reading Desert Day 17: Listen Carefully And Attentively To The Questions …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 16: Solitude of Heart …

The word solitude can be misleading. It suggests being alone by yourself in an isolated place. When we think about solitaries, our mind easily evokes images of monks or hermits who live in remote places secluded from the noise of the busy world. In fact, the words solitude and solitary are derived from the Latin… Continue reading Desert Day 16: Solitude of Heart …

Days of Advent, Prayers, Seasons

Advent Day 20: The Path of Descent …

The path of descent involves letting go of our self-image, our titles, our public image. I think this is one of the many meanings of the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). What is at stake here is not just false images of God (which mostly serve our purposes),… Continue reading Advent Day 20: The Path of Descent …