Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Dawn’s Altar (New Year’s Meditation) …

I place on the altar of dawn: The quiet loyalty of breath, The tent of thought where I shelter, Waves of desire I am shore to And all beauty drawn to the eye. May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of… Continue reading Dawn’s Altar (New Year’s Meditation) …

Books

Book Recommendation: Places of Light

This book was written by two people I met while on a pilgrimage to Paris-Chartres in 2015. Places of Light: The Gift of Cathedrals to the World Embark on a pilgrimage through the great cathedrals of the world. Gernot Candolini and Jennifer Brandon invite readers to experience some of the exemplary cathedrals of Europe and… Continue reading Book Recommendation: Places of Light

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 02: Not All Who Wander Are Lost …

Christmas is amazing — and radical. It challenges wanderers to let their imaginations run wild. Christmas is an irrational, impossible, paradoxical season the infinite in the finite, God's light in the gloom of our world, the whole of the universe concentrated in a little baby, the God of The Big Bang and the galaxies appearing… Continue reading Advent Day 02: Not All Who Wander Are Lost …

Quotes, Seasons

Autumn Sunset …

Autumn in my part of the world is a season of bounty and beauty. It’s also a season of steady decline—and, for some of us, a slow slide into melancholy. The days become shorter and colder, the trees shed their glory, and summer’s abundance starts to decay toward winter’s death. I’m a professional melancholic, and… Continue reading Autumn Sunset …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Hope Nonetheless …

Hoping against hope, he believed. —Romans 4:18 Hope nonetheless. Hope despite. Hope regardless. Hope still. Hope where we had ceased to hope. Hope amid what threatens hope. Hope with those who feed our hope. Hope beyond what we had hoped. Hope that draws us past our limits. Hope that defies expectations. Hope that questions what… Continue reading Hope Nonetheless …

Quotes

Labyrinths: No Step Taken In Faith Is Wasted …

How far I have to go to find you in whom I have already arrived! — Thomas Merton   Wayside Shrines The difference between a labyrinth and a maze is that a labyrinth has no dead ends. The famed eleven-circuit labyrinth inlaid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France has just one path, which… Continue reading Labyrinths: No Step Taken In Faith Is Wasted …

Quotes

Little Daily Miracles …

What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one. — Virginia Woolf from… Continue reading Little Daily Miracles …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Finding God …

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. — 1 John 4:7-8, 12.   We are made of the sky's cloth and every thing is soul and flowering! I open… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Finding God …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: What Gives You Life …

There is a force within that gives you life. Seek that. — Rumi from A Garden Beyond Paradise If you took a blue spruce tree and planted it in the desert, it would obviously perish. How do we forget that we too are living systems, and each of us have unique environments, needs, and conditions within… Continue reading Advent Meditation: What Gives You Life …