Days In The Desert, Quotes, Seasons

The Price (Good Friday Meditation) …

The suffering itself is not so bad; it’s the resentment against suffering that is the real pain. — Allen Ginsberg from The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion   There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations… Continue reading The Price (Good Friday Meditation) …

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Hope: Better Days Ahead …

All night my heart makes its way however it can over the rough ground of uncertainties, but only until night meets and then is overwhelmed by morning, the light deepening, the wind easing and just waiting, as I too wait (and when have I ever been disappointed?) for redbird to sing. — Mary Oliver from… Continue reading Hope: Better Days Ahead …

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The Opening of Eyes …

That day I saw beneath dark clouds the passing light over the water and I heard the voice of the world speak out, I knew then, as I had before life is no passing memory of what has been nor the remaining pages in a great book waiting to be read. It’s the opening of… Continue reading The Opening of Eyes …

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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, Quotes

Desert Day 37: The Fruit of the Spirit …

How does the Spirit of God manifest itself through us? Often we think that to witness means to speak up in defense of God. This idea can make us very self-conscious. We wonder where and how we can make God the topic of our conversations and how to convince our families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues… Continue reading Desert Day 37: The Fruit of the Spirit …

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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 …

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Desert Day 28: Enter The New Country …

You have an idea of what the new country looks like. Still, you are very much at home, although not truly at peace, in the old country. You know the ways of the old country, its joys and pains, its happy and sad moments. You have spent most of your days there. Even though you… Continue reading Desert Day 28: Enter The New Country …

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Desert Day 11: The False Self … 

The spiritual journey is not a career or a success story.  It is a series of humiliations of the false self that become more and more profound. These make room inside us for the Holy Spirit to come and heal. What prevents us from being available to God is gradually evacuated. We keep getting closer and… Continue reading Desert Day 11: The False Self … 

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Desert Day 05: Why God Makes Us Wait …

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven ... — Ecclesiastes 3:1   The entire life of a good Christian is an exercise in holy desire. You do not see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when God… Continue reading Desert Day 05: Why God Makes Us Wait …